Last week, we began a new series that revolves around planning for your success in 2017.

We’re now entering that time of year when practically every household in America (and around the world at large) becomes busy with family gatherings, holiday decorating, and seemingly endless shopping. But amidst all the hustle and bustle, it’s absolutely essential that you find the quiet time to reflect on what sort of life you want to live in 2017.

For instance, will 2017 be the year that you start making large strides toward being debt free? Will it be the year you start making a side income that might eventually become your full-time income (allowing you to quit your job and enjoy a freedom lifestyle)? Will it be the year you travel more or the year you spend more time with family or the year you finally dust off those hobbies and do more of the things that bring you joy?

 

It’s not uncommon for people to start making New Year’s Resolutions in the weeks to come, but did you know that only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them?

One of the biggest reasons why is because most people simply write down their goals and then never give them a second look. They don’t develop a plan or strategy to get from Point A to Point B, nor do they put the systems in place that will ensure their success (i.e. an accountability partner, the right tools, the appropriate training, etc.).

I don’t want you to slip up on achieving your own goals and dreams, though, so throughout this series, we’ll be discussing some big questions to ask yourself when it comes to planning your future.  By doing so, I hope to help you get on the right track as far as getting clear on what you want, how you want it, and what you need to do in order to get there.

 

Today’s question is this:

What type of person do you need to become to achieve your dreams?

One big thing I sometimes notice among people who talk about financial freedom, entrepreneurship, debt-free living, and so on is a lack of faith in themselves. They see others achieving wild success and living the dream, and they automatically think “there must be something special about her—that could never happen to someone like me.” Or it might go something like, “I don’t have what it takes” or “I’m not as skilled/qualified/charismatic/etc. as they are.”

The funny thing about making your dreams a reality, though, is that it very often requires you to step outside your comfort zone and live outside of your bubble—at least for a few hours a day! Yes, entrepreneurship takes courage. It means taking changes. It means putting your personal growth on the accelerated track and strapping yourself in for a crazy ride that’s sometimes scary. But check out this quote:

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If 2017 is going to be the year you start living the life of your dreams, then there are going to have to be some changes in who you are as a person—these changes might be in your mindset, in your ambition, in your confidence, or in other things.

Your job is to recognize what those changes need to be. So again: what type of person do you need to become to achieve your dreams?

Do you need to be more positive? Do you need to be more driven? Do you need to believe in yourself more? Do you need to be more disciplined? Do you need to be more resilient?

Today, spend some time reflecting on this question and going deep into what qualities you may need to work on in order to become your best self. With this type of priceless clarity, you’ll be more self-aware moving forward and will be able to catch yourself during moments of doubt and step boldly in the direction of your dreams.