In thinking about achieving a goal or a personal dream, it is likely that you will ask yourself: How do I bridge the gap between possibility and fulfilment? 

What do you have to do to be so focused, involved and committed that success is the inevitable outcome?

Obstacles to look out for

First, let us look at some obstacles that prevent you from being totally engaged in what you want to achieve:

* Feeling overwhelmed

You lead a busy life. You are not just an employee, but also a parent, a child, a spouse, a community leader, and so on.

Trying to do too much can leave you feeling overwhelmed and over-extended.

Prioritise your commitments and learn to say “no”. Give yourself some thinking space.

* Holding on to self-limiting beliefs

When British athlete Roger Bannister was attempting to accomplish his “impossible” dream of breaking the four-minute mile in the 1950s, he knew he had to first break out of his “mental prison”. Back then, nobody believed that feat to be possible.

But on May 6, 1954, after incredible persistence and training, he did the unthinkable — he became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. 

Many people live in a prison of self-limiting beliefs. If you do not believe that you can be successful, you will not.

Your prison does not have walls and security guards. Yet what is holding you back from escaping?

* Feeling afraid

People sometimes shy away from the success they desire because they fear failure even more.

Yet, it is crucial to summon up your courage to take that first step and venture out of your comfort zone. You have to learn to master your fear of taking calculated risks and embrace the possibility of making mistakes. 

Even if you did fail in the past, it does not mean that you are going to fail again. What is infinitely more important is for you to learn from your mistakes and ensure that you do not repeat them. 

As American President Barack Obama once said: “Hope is that thing inside of us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that there is something greater inside of us.”

In other words, hope is the antidote of fear. It is through the power of hope or applied faith that we are capable of breaking out of our “mental prison” and attempting the “impossible”, thereby realising our dreams.

Moving forward

Here are some steps you can take to cultivate your faith to move forward:

* Decide what you want in your life

You must first be clear and precise about what your “dream” job is before even sourcing and applying for it.

When you know exactly what you want in your life and why you want it, it gives you the power and motivation to work towards it.

* Become an “independent thinker”

Be prepared to stand by your ideas, even though other people ridicule them.

If Walt Disney had not been clear about what he wanted and allowed himself to be swayed by prevailing opinions, we might not be enjoying Disneyland today.

Disney was told by almost everyone he met that his idea for a theme park was crazy and that it would never succeed. Against all odds, he proved his critics wrong.

If you are truly passionate about something, consider turning that into your “dream” career.

Don’t allow other people’s thoughts and negative suggestions to influence your decisions, or you will always be asking “What if…?”

* Never give up

A close cousin of faith, persistence is the key factor to unlocking success in any endeavour.

Taking the example of Disney again, he was turned down 302 times before he finally got the financing for his dream to create the “Happiest Place on Earth”.

As the self-help guru Napoleon Hill once said: “Persistence is the sustained effort necessary to induce faith.”

* Own your dreams

Have you been able to stay true to your dreams, even in the midst of constant rejection and ridicule?

If you have, it is because you have understood the essence of ownership. When you own your goals or dreams, you are motivated to go the distance to achieve them.