One important observation I have made over the years concerning why many people don't make significant progress towards some personal goal... is that many people aren't ready to fully commit to the "relationship".
So, you have spent years developing your craft. Your hobby is beginning to look like something you are ready to turn into a profession. Although you know just how hard it is to get into some kind of business for yourself, you are determined to turn the one thing you are most passionate about… into a life of making money from your dream.
Sometimes we forget that the main focus of self-development is NOT to read books on a regular basis, or simply reflect on the actions you took because that’s what self-dev people do. Or make sure you develop strategic relationships over time. Those activities are just the “means to an end”. What we truly want from self-development is to actually be in a better situation than we previously were. To have and to live a better life. So we go through various processes (which fall under the umbrella of self-development) to ensure that we turn ourselves into people that actually can realize those goals that we want to accomplish.
Many of us who pursue goals were inspired by those who went before us and accomplished similar goals. What they attained, created, or became… to us seemed cool, exciting, and worth the effort that even we decided to go down a similar path.
Your strategy, choices, and actions change the deeper you get in your pursuit. Working on your goals will change you. Being exposed more and more to whatever is in the core of your industry, will influence what you do and how you think. It can change how you continue with that pursuit.
Passion and opportunity are very popular reasons why people pursue certain goals in certain industries. Maybe you love to write, so you pursue the dream to become a writer. Maybe you see an opportunity to provide delivery services because people can’t move freely these days because of the pandemic. It may take time to become a bigshot, but you believe you have something worth pursuing. But whether passion or opportunity is currently motivating someone to pursue a goal… the reality is that eventually, most people quit on their pursuit long before they can realize those goals.
The biggest weakness you can ever have as a dreamer is the inability to develop strategic/productive relationships.
Creating permanent change in your life is no easy task. It’s also not a “one-time” task either. In order to bring long-lasting positive change, you are going to be doing a set of tasks, on an ongoing basis. It’s similar to how top-performing athletes don’t just quit working out after they have won 1 championship. Continuous and never-ending improvement is a lifestyle choice critical for anyone seeking success.
Working on building a better life for yourself is certainly no easy task. It’s can get extremely difficult for even the most success-focused among us. The fear of failure, the fear of never meeting your goals are things you will have to battle with a lot. Especially early on. And it doesn’t help that you will most likely have to go through these challenges all by yourself. Because not everyone will support or believe in you.