Self improvement for some people is about losing weight or finding a person to love.
However, self improvement for other people is all about a life long dream of some sort, such as becoming a professional actor, or of painting a landscape which will be featured in an art museum someday, or of writing The Great American Novel.
These goals are no less valid than other people’s goals, even though they are frequently scoffed at as being unpractical or silly.
The question people need to ask themselves when they have these goals, though, is “Why not me?” After all, someone needs to act, someone needs to paint, and someone needs to write.
People are paid to do these sorts of things all the time. The difference between the people with the goals and the people getting paid is that the people with the goals have yet to be discovered.
Set Practical Goals
It would be a shame to look back on life as an older person and wonder what might have happened if only a more aggressive pursuit of dreams was taken.
Although it is true that only a very small minority of people ever get to achieve goals of this nature, there are still those who do. Therefore, it is best to maintain practical goals that can be achieved.
A man who is two classes away from his college degree probably shouldn’t quit school to write a novel and a woman who is the primary breadwinner of a large family should probably not quit her day job to pursue an acting career. The Starving Artist, even though a romantic notion, is starving nonetheless.
Bold and Confident
People need to be bold, and sure of themselves to take the big step and give the dream a shot. Someone who confidently marches into an audition and goes through the lines in an assured way is more probably to be noticed than someone who creeps into the audition, red faced and shy, and stumbling over the lines due to a fear of rejection.
There should be no apprehension in their behavior if a person is going to seriously make an effort to realize a dream. Dreams such as these need to be snatched up by eager people, and are rarely spoon-fed to timid participants. People should make this their one big try, and act accordingly.
It will be very helpful to set goals for reaching the ultimate dream. A person might first set a goal of taking some acting classes at the local community college instead of the grandiose goal of someday starring in a Hollywood blockbuster.
Once this goal is attained, the next goal might be to start memorizing some monologues for future auditions, and then the following goal could be to start seeking out auditions. The person is one step closer to the ultimate goal as each goal is completed.
Although it is true that the ultimate goal is most of the times never achieved with goals such as these, at the very least a person will always know that the very best effort was given.