How to Chase your Dreams (Step-by-Step Guide)

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Chasing dreams

Ever wondered how successful people make it happen? What makes them different from everyone else?

It’s not as complicated as it seems. In fact the knowledge for how to chase your dreams is surprisingly straight forward . So let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

The First Step is Always the Hardest

For some reason (unbeknownst to me) there appears to be a stigma attached to having high expectations of oneself and going after such standards of achievement with full force. Now that I come to think of it, I believe they call it competitiveness. The truth is that those who shut you down, criticise you or call you out for being overly ambitious are essentially nothing more than fearful. Fearful of others’ success – moreover, your success. That’s okay. They will spend more energy hating on your dreams than creating your own, leaving you all the time and effort in the world to pursue positivism in your own life.

Recognising this is not always easy – but once achieved, you’re halfway there. It isn’t easy to say what you want in life and go after it – for fear of failure or for fear of criticism – but once you’ve been honest with yourself and others about what you want in your life, you allow yourself to go after it.

A Plan of Action

The next step is a logical one. Having a goal is one thing, but having a detailed outline of how you will achieve it is like putting down a hefty downpayment and saying “now I’m gonna do it… & here’s how”. An intricately designed POA (plan of action) should take time, consideration and planning in itself. Yes, that’s right, you’re planning to make plans. But this detailed vision will drive you to success every step of the way because after all —

It takes 20 years to create an overnight success

– Eddie Cantor


The Attack Phase

So you’re declared it to the world (and yourself), so now its time for world domination. So what next? Let’s call this “The Attack Phase”. Characteristics of TAP include: sleepless nights, 15 hour workdays, waking up one morning to realise you haven’t had a day off in 3 months, endless research on the interwebs, mindmaps, mood boards, pin boards, to-do lists, networking…. and all round madness. But the attack phase is where it all comes together and takes place before your eyes. You don’t get to the good stuff until you put in the hard yards… so how badly do you want it?

While many will tell you “all good things come with time”, they are only partially right. If you do the attack phase right you wont’ have a spare minute your day to step back and monitor your progress. You’ll see how far you have come when one day someone makes a passing comment on your overnight success and you grin to yourself modestly, disregard the naivety and graciously thank them for the compliment of sorts.

Don’t lose momentum

One of the most important things to remember during and immediately after the attack phase (when you’ve received some recognition for your work) is to never lose momentum. Without being overly competitive, its important to remember that anything you can do, someone else can do better. That thought should terrify and motivate you.

Goals, Goals, Higher Goals

Steve Jobs had it right with the following quote –

Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.

It should never be about the hurdles you face or even those you have overcome, it should always be about the future – aiming higher, achieving more, being brighter and being better.

Never Give Up

There will of course be days where you don’t believe in your dreams, question them, rethink them, lose sight in them or even deem them a failure. But failure is good – it makes the next attempt better. Try it again and fail better. Fail until you succeed. Fail for the sake of failing. Don’t be afraid of failing – it is undeniably the biggest drawback to success because if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

Never give up on your dreams. If you don’t chase them, someone else will.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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    June 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for showing me that it’s possible for dreams to come true! Booked my trip to Europe and started a blog about growing up!

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    May 2, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Hi Brooke, your article is a good read and these are great guidelines. I did those tips with success except the last one about not giving up. I would like to share to you guys my journey. I’ve been searching for job for almost a year. My dream is to be a successful sales professional someday, but I didn’t receive any update from any employers. After I joined http;//, I was connected to potential employers. I always hope to have faith, and you will succeed.

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    This is such a great read for someone who is starting a new blog (aka me) because while the beginning is exciting, it is just that- the beginning! You are so right about planning, and then going for it, and being fearless- that is truly the recipe for success in any setting, not just blogging. Thanks so much! 🙂 check out

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    January 5, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I needed this!

    December 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Love this! As someone who has done a massive life restart (later in life) – I’d also love to reiterate that it’s never to late to chase those dreams. Life restarts at any age are A-OK! 🙂

    December 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    The first step always is the hardest but then the rest flows naturally!

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    Marie Seltenrych
    December 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I wish you luck for Monday, Steven, and for the next year too.

    December 20, 2014 at 3:17 am

    hi Cheryl. I find your response to be as stimulating and inspiring as the original article both of which are just fantastic! self help guru Anthony Robbins always suggests doing the rocking chair test and looking back at your life to see what it would be like if you achieved all your goals and what it would be like if you didn’t. you’re not exactly in your rocking chair, but your list of achievements is beyond inspiring. Seems like it might be time to write a book!

    December 19, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I didn’t really think there could be a step by step guide to chasing dreams. However, curiosity lead me to keep reading, and now I know what I need to do…carry out a plan of action! <3

    December 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I found myself smiling and nodding along to this. Especially that point about people thinking you’re an overnight success. I think hard work feels like sacrifice looks like luck and actually is an active choice. We choose every day where to spend our energy. I loved this. I will definitely be using it as a writing prompt. Thank you.

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    Thanks Brooke. I’m young, just graduated, in searching of the way to realize my dreams. Your post made my day. Never give up! Greetings from Italy

    December 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Very inspirational post! Thanks for sharing

    Ana Catarino
    December 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I didnt know your blog but i find it very nice.

    T.O. Weller
    December 17, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Your Step #1 really jumped out at me. You never know who will try to make you feel bad and how they’ll do it. I had to walk away from a friendship just this past weekend because I was tired of her diminishing what I was trying to do.
    I read a quote yesterday that helped me put it in perspective and I’ll try to paraphrase it without ruining it: Sometimes it’s better to walk away, not because you think less of someone but because you think more of yourself.
    Here’s to the pursuit of our dreams!!

    December 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I recently discovered your blog and I have to say: I absolutely love it! I love reading your tips 🙂

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    December 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

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    December 15, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Like Cheryl I too am on the other side of the river at 65. Have had a great life. Made some mistakes but learned from them and fortunatlly realised early on not to be hampered by other people’s idea of what would bring me happiness.

    All good inspirational advice but what I would say is, while you are chasing the dream don’t forget to smell the flowers along the way.

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    December 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I’m a big believer in chasing dreams. Thanks for sharing!

    December 15, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I am a new-ish fashion blogger and aspiring model. Many people don’t say much when I tell them my dreams or goals because to them they are unrealistic. Thank you for writing this post, it just reminds me why I am dreaming so big in the first place and that shooting for the stars is a good thing, and CAN BE DONE! Great motivation! Xo

    December 15, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I will save this to do list and start finally doing something! Thanks so much for reminding one more time that one can do anything it is important just to start! Thanks for inspiration!

    Victoria Virgo
    December 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Wow – what a wonderful post. The hardest thing about going for your dreams is actually admitting to yourself what it is that you really want. It is easy to ignore the dream if you don’t think about it. Once you put it out there, you have to actually do something about it, and that can be real scary.

    Good luck to you and everyone reading this post. I hope you have a fantastic 2015 🙂

    December 15, 2014 at 12:57 am

    I’m all about going after your dreams. Loved this!

    December 15, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Wonderful article. Very well written and relevant! Also, I’m chasing my dreams and it’s so nice to know that I’m on the right track! This just made my day brighter and increased my motivation more! xoxox

    December 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you for this post.
    I will be taking a huge step soon and need all the motivation, inspiration.. and steps to take that I can get.

    Angelika Rutgersson
    December 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the ‘kick-in-the-butt’, I will start with my POA today!! Have a nice day!

    Miles of Happiness
    December 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks so much for this motivation post!! That’s nice to read 🙂

    December 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I have 1 BIG dream too!!! and on the attack mode already. Plans can never reach launch when it remains only in your thoughts, nobody will implement them except you. Quit the things that is holding you back including your job. Live your passion no matter what they say. 2015 will be an adventure.

    The Queen of Dreaming
    December 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Such a great and motivating post, thank you so much!

    Lena Charlotte
    December 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Love your all time motivating articles. Thank you for inspiring us all! xx

    December 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    This is definitely very helpful as I am working on turning my blog into a career job. I’m in a place now where I need a mentor who was a self starter but I’m pushing forward and attacking till something breaks through 🙂

    Maggie A

    December 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    So true! Went self employed and felt the exact same.

    No: happier than ever. No regrets!

    Best of luck everybody – You rock!!

    Samantha Kay
    December 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    wow I really needed this. I’ve been in the blogging/vlogging world for a while now and I get really down sometimes. It’s important to remember to keep pushing.

    Andres Poiche
    December 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

    cool trip

    Jennie @ Little Girl Designs
    December 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Wow, thanks for this post. I especially love the quote that it takes 20 years to make an overnight success. Need to remember this! Have a great day!

    December 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I am on the other side of the coin…one year away from full retirement, I have pretty much chased all my professional dreams, (40 years of working with special needs kids-my calling) have lived where I want to live, visited most places I have wanted to visit, and raced the races (two Ironmans, 7 half IMs and 122 triathlons overall, 13 marathons, did a Pikes Peak and a double grand canyon, have swum from Alcatraz 9 times) but still continue to take classes, workshops, and hope to someday make it to Kona. Just bought a new house too….and I am married to the man I want to be with the rest of my life- grandchildren are probably in the future. I worked hard to get where I am and didn’t “wish” for anything. MADE it happen and EARNED it!

    December 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Very moving, I have been job search for almost two months with no luck and it’s hard to stay positive. The article gave me a “breath of fresh air” to start again Monday. Wish me luck!!!!!

    Mariella KvO
    December 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Nicely written! Very recognisable and inspirational 😀

    December 14, 2014 at 12:51 am

    wow what amazing advice! So inspiring 🙂

    thanks x

    December 13, 2014 at 4:18 am

    This is a very inspiring and valuable advice. Thanks a lot for sharing such personal insights, Brooke! 🙂

    December 13, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Thanks for sharing such a motivational post. Especially the paragraph about not being afraid to fail. This week that has been so important for me. Being a graduate means you may experience a lot of failure, mostly with job interviews.

    December 13, 2014 at 2:00 am

    This is very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

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    December 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Nice views. thanks for sharing

    December 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for a great post. I totally agree with you! You shouldn’t let other people bring you down, because they are only fearful and maybe a little bit jealous about your succes. You just have to believe in yourself and work your ass off 😀

      December 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Haha so true Iida…keep following your passion 🙂

    December 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Great advice. You have to believe you have an equal right to success, just as much as anyone else.

    December 12, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Needed this today…thanks for the encouragement. It’s not easy but it’s great to know there’s people out there who understand.

    December 12, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Never give up – great advice. I’m reaching the start of a goal that I have been planning for over two years. I’m about to quit my job to travel round the world (and go freelance/self employed) and live the laptop lifestyle, working while travelling. I cannot wait. I am nervous, but also very excited. If anyone is interested, I’m uploading daily vlogs on Youtube of my experiences.

    December 12, 2014 at 4:28 am

    This is a great post. I just made the jump to follow my dreams and it’s definitely scary and daunting sometimes.

    December 12, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Great article with perfect advice to chase won’s dream.
    Thank you Brooke,

    December 12, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Great advice Brooke! This is helpful for so many people, especially the last point. Most successful people fail before they find their big break. It’s important to keep going and never give up. 🙂

    December 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Great advice and pep talk.

    December 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    You have a way of putting things into words and organizing big concepts to make sense. This was inspirational, thanks. I particularly liked step one. Sometime I’m afraid of having big dreams because I feel like it will be really embarrassing if they don’t work out. That is not the attitude of movers and shakers.

    Christine @lilacpaperdoll
    December 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for this Brooke, I think I need to bookmark this page as I really need to be more organised and focused about achieving what I want. 🙂

    December 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Great advice! Thanks!