I have been wholeheartedly addicted to Masterchef UK over the last few weeks. I recorded the final because I didn’t want it to end. I figured if I delayed watching it then it wasn’t actually over. Similar to that feeling when you are right at the end of the final episode of the Netflix binge and you think shit what am I going to do with my life after this is finished? Yeah you’re not alone, I hear you.
I even managed to avoid all social media blowing who the winner was. Good work right? It didn’t last long, the world came crashing down as I switched on BBC Breakfast News to be confronted with them congratulating the winner. Sigh. Oh well, time to watch the final.
In addition to being a massive foodie as my Instagram page proudly boasts, what completely got me was the interviews with the finalists families. There was a common theme. Each one of them had dreams from a young age, passions which became reality as a result of hard work and determination. I am a strong advocate of having dreams and goals because as a youngster I also had my own, I have achieved many of them and I am on the way to achieving the rest. It’s a great feeling. Don’t get me wrong, along the way I have come across people who have snubbed the mere thought of having dreams as though you are living in a weird fantasy world. No dude this is what gives me a sense of purpose, direction, meaning to my life and what is helping me to live my mantra…to maximise every single second of it.
I digress. After Masterchef was over I decided to catch up on another recorded programme, the BAFTAs. Now I delayed this one for a monumental reason (completely acceptable), I heard that Ed Westwick was presenting an award…ah Chuck Bass! Gossip Girl was most definitely one of those shows when I felt my world had come grinding to a halt when the final episode finished. Like to the point I believe these guys were my mates?!! Yeah I know, I’m weird. I make no apologies. So, excitedly cross-legged on the sofa, the moment came and went (obviously with a few pauses to get my Ed fix) and then the steal of the show happened…Joanna Lumley the ultimate classy dame was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship Award. But it was Joanna’s approach to life which Jennifer Saunders explained in her introduction, which blew me away…
You only have one go at life, which is thrilling. Only you can make yourself into who you want to be. Don’t blame anybody else. You are entitled to free fresh air, and that’s it. Do the rest yourself.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who try to put you down or don’t and just can’t support you in the quest to achieving your dreams and goals. Research suggests this is usually down to jealousy, a lack of confidence and the realisation they never did anything themselves. There seems to be a hope that you start to somehow doubt your self-worth, abilities, talent, and capacity for success. It’s important you do not allow that, no-one is living your life but you. They have their own to live so let them and get on with it and continue on your path to maximising yours.
I was interested to understand the difference between dreams and goals, Google to the rescue. A dream is explained as a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal. A goal is characterised as an object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. What a powerful combination. So keep on with setting those dreams and goals, don’t be afraid to have them and take the actions required to succeed. Life becomes so much more awesome when you can feel that sense of accomplishment and ambition.
It’s not the conditions that shape your destiny, it’s your decisions.
6 Reasons why dreams and goals are important:
- You feel a sense of purpose and can look to the future. If you focus on the past, guess what…that’s what you’re going to get more of. If you shift your attention to the future, the world is your oyster. Energy flows where attention goes!
- Your personality is enhanced, you are interesting and people want to be around you.
- You inspire others to achieve their own dreams and goals when they see you achieving yours – what a feeling knowing you can do this!
- You have endless drive and ambition, something to aim for. You can take responsibility for your own direction.
- You feel appreciation and fulfillment, you have a meaning to life through creating the life you want on your own terms.
- You get the absolute best out of life. Tony Robbins in his Ultimate Edge programme asks, “What would your life be like if it was exactly the way you wanted it to be today?” It’s a powerful question to ask yourself if you are struggling to gain clarity on how you want to design your life instead of always just reacting to it.
What are your dreams and goals? What are you proud of achieving already? I would love to hear how you are making a difference to your life and to others.
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.