Move Forward with Your Life and Live Your Dream

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Move Forward with Your Life and Live Your Dream: Moving forward with your life quote

July 1 will mark the half-way point of this year and time to take inventory on how well your dream goals are performing.

A common problem for dreamers is that once you’ve figured out your dream, set some goals and have the urge to move forward with your life, is actually making yourself take the necessary steps to make it happen.

We become stuck.

It can be fear, lack of resources, or even a lack of understanding what motivates you that holds you prisoner of your old life. Sometimes it’s simply not being sure of what to do next. When this happens, the first action is to forgive yourself for being human.

Tell yourself that it is OK to be stuck, that it is OK to not know what to do next and it is OK to be afraid.

Sometimes all you can to is send your dream out into the universe like a thought balloon floating up into the atmosphere and tell yourself that when the time is right you will know what steps to take, or the confidence you need will suddenly appear, or the help you need will be revealed to you — then let it go.

You’d be surprised to find that letting something go “into the universe” when you are stuck invites life to reveal itself to you instead of forcing something that doesn’t feel right.

In the following video, motivational speaker and best-selling author, Brian Tracy gives a short speech, which is a perfect example of when you are ready, what steps to take to move forward with your life and your big dream –



Brian Tracy transcript  —

Now, let me give you a quick exercise which is my only “take home” or “homework” exercise for our time together.

1. I want you to take a piece of paper and write down 10 goals that you would like to accomplish in the next 12 months (or 6 months because we are about at the halfway point).

2. Write the word Goals and today’s date at the top of the page.

3. Write down the 10 goals you’d like to accomplish, then ask yourself this great question:

4. If you can only accomplish one goal on this list, but you could accomplish it within 24 hours, which one goal would have the greatest impact on your life?

This is a great question because it will usually make the one goal jump out at you.

You’ll say: That’s the one! If I had this goal, it would have more of an impact on my life than anything else!

Sometimes it’s a financial goal; sometimes it’s a health goal; sometimes it’s a relationship goal.

5. But whatever it is place a circle around that goal and turn the page over and write that goal at the top of the page.

  • Set a deadline on the goal.
  • Make a list of everything that you can think of that you can do to achieve this goal and then begin working on your list.
  • Here’s the kicker: Do something everyday. Do something everyday that takes you one step forward towards your major goal.

My promise to you is that this exercise, setting goals, making a plan and working on it everyday will change your life in ways that you cannot imagine. They say people begin to become great, when they determine their major definate purpose, their number one goal and work on it everyday.

It is the secret to becomming a self-made millionaire. It’s the secret to great success in life.

I promise to you is a week, a month, a year from now you’ll look back and you’ll be absolutely staggered at the difference it will make.

Use this coming halfway mark as your jumping off point to kick-start your dream and revision a way to make it happen before the end of the year.

Call it your “To Move Forward with My Life Plan 2014.”


  • Catherine, of 8WD

    Hi Mirjam,
    It’s great to hear from you and thank you for posting on our blog project. How is your business group going? Feel free to post a link in your comments here to your Real Estate site if you like. I know, I have neglected A Week In The Life of A Redhead getting this off the ground too. I should be writing every day – which is a goal of mine – not to mention a great writing practice… along with hiking … drinking more water … avoiding gluten … and the list goes on.

  • Mirjam de Rijk

    Thanks for the video, it’s so practical and doable. It’s from the principle: how do you eat an elephant (one bite at the time). Sometime life can be overwhelming and stuff like this put’s you back with 2 feet on the ground. I am fessing up, I have neglected my blog and this is going to be on my list.
    Thanks, you just made my day.