How to Help others in Their Dreams

How to…Help others in their dreams

New Year’s resolutions usually focus on things we want to change about ourselves, but in 2012 the 8th most popular goal was to help others achieve their dreams. This benevolent pledge is a surprising departure from the usual plans to lose weight or get fit. Perhaps it stems from the fact that we’re all so busy these days – we really want to give something back, it’s just finding enough hours in the day!

Helping other people will make YOU feel better about yourself, so everyone wins! The feel-good effect of helping others will be so rewarding that you might find this is one New Year’s resolution you might actually stick with! As motivational guru Les Brown once said, “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours”.

The first step is to identify who you want to help – a friend or family member, or perhaps a colleague at work? It doesn’t even have to be someone you know personally – you can help people by teaching or volunteering for a charity.

Once you have decided how you’re going to help, get yourself a pad of paper and a stack of colored Sharpies. Organization is the key to success, so brainstorm some ideas on paper. Draw up a monthly plan with goals and milestones so you have a visual focus for your ideas.

If you’re helping your children or people in your family, use inspirational Post-It notes around the house to keep focused. If your partner wants to lose weight, you could write motivational diet tips and stick them on the fridge door to stave off snacking temptation, for example.

Get together over a coffee and have regular support sessions to review progress and celebrate achievements. Set manageable goals with treats for when each milestone is achieved, such as a new nail polish or luxurious body lotion. You could even surprise them with a beautiful gift basket as a boost to keep them going until they reach their goal.

One way you can help someone to achieve their dreams is by helping them to get organized. Stocking up on household essentials like toiletries and cleaning products saves precious time that can be better spent on pursuing dreams! Buying in bulk also offers great discounts, so all that money saved can be put towards the dreams fund!

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can really help someone to achieve their dreams – offering to babysit their kids or giving a ride to someone without transport. Little things that may cost you next to nothing can make a big difference to that person’s life.

You might feel you have nothing to offer, but sometimes your support alone is enough – pursuing dreams requires determination and there will be setbacks along the way. Offering your shoulder to cry on and holding their hand through the thorny patches can make all the difference. It may be a rollercoaster journey, full of ups and downs – but if you believe, you will achieve!

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