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7 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

Dan Western



7 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

There’s no doubt about it, focus is a crucial skill in becoming successful and achieving your dreams;

Without it, your productivity will be low and the progress you make towards any goals will be minimal. Plus any work that you do manage to eventually produce won’t be anywhere near the standard it could be.

So it leaves the question, what are some excellent ways to stay focused on your dreams?


How to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

We’ve written down 7 great points which in the long run will keep you focused and on track to achieve everything you want in life.


1. Keep Thinking of the Big Picture

No matter what you love doing, there’s always going to be some part of it that you find mundane, and struggle to focus on. It’s normally on these parts of passions, that people lead themselves astray and struggle to stay focused.

So if you ever find yourself going through a boring period or a mundane task that you can’t get a grip on, just think about the big picture you have inside your mind. And that all of this that you’re doing is contributing to that big picture.

You can’t become successful skipping the parts you don’t like, you can’t do it. If you want that big picture you’ve always imagined, you’ll need to bare down and get on with it.


2. Get Into a Daily Routine

Once something becomes a habit to you, it’s incredibly difficult to get out of, regardless of whether it’s a lazy one or not.

The daily routine you begin to revolve around, is a powerful factor in determining your focus level.

A daily routine that includes what you need to do, instead of what you would do when you have nothing else to be getting on with, is crucial in order to stay focused on your dreams and keep progressing every day.

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Without this, there’s no pattern or consistency, and progression becomes very difficult because you’re not putting in enough practice in what’s needed.

The skills you want to become great at, you won’t become great at because you didn’t have the discipline to incorporate the needed practice within your daily routine.

Write down a daily routine, and slowly incorporate what’s important, one thing at a time. You can begin to do it all in one go if you wish, but it’s guaranteed to make things harder for you to stick to, months down the line.


3. Always Plan What’s Important First

The big tasks are the important ones, the ones that yield the biggest results and progression.

However, they’re also the most difficult and gruelling of tasks, feared by many. The smaller tasks are the easiest to do, they’re quick and simple, and still give you that same satisfaction of completion that big tasks do.

And so it makes you think that you’re progressing more quickly, purely because of completing more tasks within a certain time frame. This is the lazy way of doing things, and it something that many people fall down on.

If you’re planning out your workload, always work on what’s important first, no matter how big the task. Then you can focus on the simpler things afterwards.


4. Learn to Use the Word No

The word ‘no’ is something that successful people know how to use.

When people ask them for favors or to go and do something, they have the discipline to say no. In order to focus on what they need to get done so they’re not setback in their quest to live their dreams.

So when there’s some unproductive things you’re tempted to do during your day, teach yourself the discipline of telling yourself and others ‘no’, in order to progress quickly towards your goals, and not get sidetracked by unimportant distractions.

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5. Remember Why You Started

You’ve probably been working so hard for such a long time, and possibly with not many results coming your way, that you’ve completely forgotten the exact reason that made you start in the first place.

When you first set out to do something, your reasons behind it are fresh in your memory. They’re clear to you.

After a good period of all work and no results those reasons become jaded, and you just need to go back to that point, where you had a clear vision of what you wanted to accomplish.

Whenever you struggle to focus on the tasks at hand, go back to that beginning vision, again, and again, and again. That’s your motivation, that’s your purpose, and that’s why you’re doing what you’re doing right now.


6. Run from Something

This subheading may sound slightly odd at first, but hear me out. It’s much easier to run from something, than it is to run towards something.

Simply because we’ve already experienced what we’re running from and the place that we’ve been in at that point, whereas whatever we’re running towards we still don’t know quite what it’s like, and we don’t really have as much to lose.

Think about it; in one scenario you’re running from a wolf that’s chasing you, and in another you’re running toward a million dollars cash.

In which scenario are you going to run faster?

It would make sense to say you’d be running faster in the first scenario because in the second you have absolutely nothing to lose. You could run at whatever speed you like and there’d still be a significant chance for you to grab the cash.

That’s why when you’re trying to stay focused on your dreams, if possible you need to think about what you’re running from, because you don’t ever want to go back there.

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You may have experienced what it was like to homeless, poor, lazy, skinny, overweight, lifeless. You don’t want to go back to that place and so if you focus on those points as a main source of motivation, you’ll stay focused.


7. Stop Reaching for Crumbs & Go for the Cake

I’ve watched this one speech on YouTube many times before, where Sade Burrell explains a conversation she once had with her uncle; and how it really inspired her to change her way of thinking and fulfill her potential.

Her uncle told her that she was reaching for crumbs when there was a cake right in front of her.

And that conversation can definitely be used as a way of staying focused. When you lose focus, you tend to start going for what’s easier, you’ll want to take the easier path of the two.

So the focus often goes on small crumbs here and there, but they don’t really have any real significance to moving forward with your goals.

The cake’s often right before your eyes, but you just can’t quite see it. Don’t focus on all the small things that you think may help you in business, in life and such, if there’s a big goal sitting in front of you that you just can’t quite be bothered to focus on.

Go for that goal, go for the cake.



Here’s a quick recap on the 7 ways to stay focused on your dreams:

  1. Keep thinking of the big picture
  2. Get into a daily routine
  3. Always plan what’s important first
  4. Learn to use the word ‘no’
  5. Remember why you started
  6. Run from something
  7. Stop reaching for crumbs & go for the cake

Thanks for reading, STAY FOCUSED guys!

Are you staying focused on your dreams? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."



  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Nov 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Loving ’em all Dan! Especially #5.

    I disagree with the crumbs/cake bit…..only because I’m eating too many sweets these day lol! Actually I agree with them all.

    Now let’s look at #5. I am blogging to free myself and my audience. I blog from paradise, which does NOT suck. So I want to take my readers with me. That’s my why. Or my reason why. It drives me to do uncomfortable but freeing stuff, and also inspires me to see the Big Picture, versus taking short cuts and focusing on the small picture.

    I’m about as enlightened as a coal mine yet I am getting more accustomed to making freeing and uncomfortable decisions each day. Doing so frees me to be more than I dreamed I can be – yeah, that much more! – so I can inspire my readers to do the same.

    Dan, you’re a champ. Thanks for sharing, you Scrilla Gorilla 🙂


    • Dan Western

      Nov 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Haha thanks Ryan!

      Your why is absolutely brilliant, and I think your enthusiasm is incredible as always!

  2. Sekelani Kalembo

    Jan 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    That’s great Dan, i’m just glad to read this, coz it’s very helpful to me, being a young man who want to live my life purposefuly.#6 is my favorite. Keep it up!

    • Dan Western

      Jan 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Sekelani,

      I’m glad you found this article of some use. Stay focused!


  3. Alyce J

    Jan 22, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Great post – especially for late January so relevant we need to keep focused on our new year goals. Learning to say No can be hard but if we are constant yes people we will never reach out goals.

    • Dan Western

      Jan 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Alyce,

      Thanks for commenting!

      Definitely relevant for the new year! New year, new goals!


  4. Sekelani Kalembo

    Feb 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks, you’re welcome.

  5. Ash

    Oct 29, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Excellent point with number six. Our brain is hardwired to avoid pain, so this can be far more effective than seeking pleasure. Did you ever catch John Assaraf’s Brain-a-thon? Some amazing stuff on how the brain works. Highly recommended.

  6. Anthony little

    Sep 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This is very motivativing , I love the point you made about the crumbs to cake. Im going for the cake tired of eating crumbs. Thanks my friend.

    • Dan Western

      Sep 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Anthony, I love that concept too!

  7. Vic Smith

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Those are great points to remember, especially #4. I’ve fallen victim to that one a few times and lost focus of attaining my own goals. Hard lesson to learn. Great post. Thank you.

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