Dreams have a way of being put on the back burner of your life.
We often leave dreams alone because life can become difficult juggling all of our roles.
Sometimes when we get a bit of time, we start with vigour on the dream.
I will be bold to say that we drop our dreams almost immediately because life has a way of getting in the way when we decide to improve it.
And there are times when you may need to stop taking action on a dream. But I’m finding, at least for me, that not working on a dream should be a temporary delay.
But, when you get back to the dream, the key is to build a consistent practice of taking action via learning and executing skills.
Building a consistent practice of skills is hard for three reasons.
Firstly, do you know what skills you are supposed to be consistently practising?
A dream will remain a dream if you don’t learn about what you have to do to obtain it.
A dream will require you to learn new skills and knowledge.
So first, you need to know what skills you have to develop. Then you can develop a consistent practice.
For example, one of the many skills you will need to run a successful blog is writing. Consistently creating new content will help you to develop a relationship with your readers.
You have to attract readers to what you write so another skill is making the content graphically attractive to your reader and still yet another skill is search engine optimization (SEO).
I do not claim to have all of these skills. In fact, right now I am focusing on developing a consistent practice of writing and creating content.
Secondly, do you know the order in which to practice the skills?
We often practice new skills out of order.
For example, should you promote a blog post that is no good?
Of course not.
You need to have some good content first. So your focus should be on writing and developing your writing process (this is what I’m doing now).
Then, later on, you can learn SEO and blog promotion to gain traffic to your blog.
Thirdly, do you know when you are competent enough at one skill to proceed to another skill?
At some point, you are going to have to decide on whether you have mastered one skill enough.
This decision puts a time limit on one skill and helps you to move on to the next skill to practice.
For me, I need to develop a consistent practice of writing and publishing one blog post per week.
I also have to develop the writing process over the course of one week to ship a blog post at the end of the week.
Because various parts of my life are in flux during this season of my life, I am giving myself one year until June 2020 to become consistent with writing and publishing one blog post per week. I will still do basic SEO but I will learn this skill next year.
In essence, I have defined mastery in a consistent writing practice as 52 consecutive weeks of publishing one blog post per week.
While I have this target to meet, I am not going to get bogged down with having to meet it to 100%. This is the ideal target.
But, I need to constantly evaluate my life every two months or so. If the goal is no longer important, then I reserve the right to leave the goal alone and give it a send-off ceremony much like a funeral.
Take one of your dreams. Think through or research the skills you need to develop. These are skills that will serve you in your journey to success.
Knowing which skills you need to develop will help you to determine which skills to work on first and the degree of mastery you want. My degree of mastery will not be the same as yours. You need to determine this for yourself.
Determining the degree of mastery will help you to know what you have to do to eventually achieve your dreams. So put a value to some key metrics that you have to meet and thus what success means to you.
Then you build a consistent practice to meet the metrics for one skill.
Master the skill with consistent practice and then move on to building the next skill.