How to Chase Your Dreams: 5 Steps to Get You Started 

By  Judy Fine

It's time to chase your dreams.

You deserve it, and you're up for the challenge!

Even though I often work with aspiring singers, what I'm about to share in this article applies to anyone with any dream. Including you!

The five steps I detail below will help you shift away from aiming low (or not aiming at all) to going after the things your heart wants. Use them as a roadmap to free your heart to pursue what will make you happy and fulfilled.

Remember, as far as we know, we get one shot at this life. May you and I both make the most of it!

1. Identify Limiting Beliefs

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Often, we aim low due to limiting beliefs ingrained over time. These beliefs might stem from past failures, societal or familial pressures, or fear of the unknown. Or they may simply reflect a struggle with self-worth. 

To shift this mindset, you need to identify these beliefs. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Do I have an implicit expectation of failure?
  • Do I struggle with a degree of imposter syndrome?
  • Did I take on someone else's low expectations of me and turn them into my own?

Once you've identified the limiting beliefs, remind yourself that they are only feelings. Feelings are real in that we really feel them. But they do not represent reality. 

Once you see the limiting beliefs clearly, you can CHOOSE to not allow them to inform your decisions. But this is only a first step, so keep reading!

2. Set Clear Goals:

As you begin to see beyond the limiting beliefs you've been conditioned to believe, now you can get honest about what your heart really wants. This is a step that has to be taken without your brain getting distracted with thoughts of what's "realistic" or "silly." Dream freely and ask yourself what the steps would need to be for this dream to become a reality. Map out a timeline of those steps, setting specific, achievable goals as markers along the way. This not only provides a roadmap but also instills a sense of excitement, direction, and purpose.

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3. Embrace Fear:

Fear often holds us. back. Whether it's fear of failure, judgment, or our own disappointment, it can paralyze people into settling for mediocrity. 

But fear is a natural part of growth. Each great next thing always lives outside your comfort zone. Always. 

When a singer feels fear as she gets up on stage and sings, that fear exists because she is living her life as a singer! It's proof that she's on her path, doing life on her terms.

It's less important how that one performance goes, and way more important that she executes the performance, because good or bad, it will teach her valuable lessons for improving.

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4. Seek Support:

When we go after the life our heart wants, it can be a rollercoaster of emotions, from excitement to doubt. Without the right support system in place, the moments of doubt threaten to derail us. We all need a person or people who will cheer us on during the highs and steady us during the lows, so we don't lose sight of what's important. Find yours, make your goals clear to them, and lean on them when you need to.

Incidentally, this is my jam - my mission in the world - to support people who want to create a life that feels meaningful and in alignment with the person they truly want to be. This is core of both my confidence coaching program and my artist development program (the Rockstar membership tier). Check both out if you want the guidance and support that will become your anchor during your inevitable moments of doubt.

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5. Take Action:

Action is required to chase your dreams. This will involve things like:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Committing time/energy/resources 
  • Getting feedback from the correct, knowledgable sources
  • Persisting in the face of setbacks.

Begin with small, manageable actions. These will build your momentum and confidence to take bigger actions. All new actions will feel uncomfortable - until they don't. That's called progress, and it will be worth it in the end!

By addressing limiting beliefs, setting clear goals, embracing fear, seeking support, and taking action, you can stop aiming low and start daring to chase your dreams. It's about shifting mindset, recognizing your true potential, and following your heart with courage and determination.

You got this!

Judy Fine

Judy Fine has been a vocal and performance coach since 2007, specializing in artist development coaching for aspiring singers and confidence coaching for everyone.

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