20 Things You Can Do Every Day to Achieve Big Dreams

Wondering what it takes to reach the top of your game?  It takes a lot of doing, but it is do-able!

“Too many people have a wonderful dream and just talk about it rather than do something about it.” – Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries

Channeling the passion of a big dream into a winning plan requires a diverse skill set.  After reading hundreds of amazing success stories, Like A Boss Girls found twenty commonalities among the world’s most successful women. And we made an enlightening discovery: reaching your dreams requires much more than making great business decisions. It’s equally important to grow your character, confidence and persistence everyday.  To help you live your passion on a daily basis, here’s our big 20:

#1 – “Before you can make a difference, you have to believe you can.” – Anne Sweeney , Director at Netflix and former Disney executive

01-"Before you can make a difference, you have to believe you can.” – Anne Sweeney , Director at Netflix and former Disney executive

Belief in yourself is paramount. It is the dreamer’s first commandment. Believe in yourself and you’ll have a strong foundation to carry your wildest dreams forward. If you need more confidence, work to raise your self-esteem on a daily basis.

#2 – “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.  If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna, Multi-platinum “Queen of Pop”

02-“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna, Multi-platinum "Queen of Pop"

Knowing what you want in life brings pure exhilaration–and there is no better feeling. Your passion is fueled by an intense desire to reach your ultimate goal. Make it real by setting specific attainable goals and act quickly. Celebrate each victory, great and small. And by the way, don’t give a damn what anybody else thinks about it and be true to yourself.

#3 – “You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it.  Take a polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx

03-“You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx

Once you see your success, you can reach it. Dreams can propel you forward through clarity of vision. See your ultimate dream take place and the victories you want to experience along the way. Never doubt your ability to have a successful life. Visualize it and live it!

#4 – “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.” – Oprah Winfrey, “Queen of all Media”, media proprietor and producer

04-"With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice." – Oprah Winfrey, “Queen of all Media”, media proprietor and producer

Creating your life is the most amazing adventure you can have. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. It doesn’t take a single hour of education or a dollar of capital to become the President and CEO of your own life. Rise up, take charge and create your life like a boss!

#5 – “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” – Taylor Swift, Multi-platinum pop star

05-“My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” – Taylor Swift, Multi- platinum pop starAcknowledge your capabilities and cast away any appearance of shame or self-doubt. Every woman has a sphere of influence and the ability to make a difference with her ideas and actions. Think and live like you are worthy, and the universe will take notice and bring great things into your life!

#6 – “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur.  If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick Founder of The Body Shop and activist

06-“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick Founder of The Body Shop and activist

Stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. Carve out your own niche and make a mark on the world. Flaunt your individuality. Allow your uniqueness to shine like a beacon for others to admire and appreciate.

#7 – “Taking initiative pays off.  It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

07-“Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Move your vision forward by taking initiative and risks. Keep your dreams moving forward and allow the inertia move it ahead even farther. Take the tough assignments at work and allow your abilities to shine. Go out and find your opportunities and make every day an opportunity to “seize the day.”

#8 – “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller, Author and activist

08-“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller, Author and activist

Make optimism a driving force in your life.  When chasing your dreams, there will always be ups and downs. Sometimes all you are left with is the quality of your attitude through it all. Being optimistic isn’t always being happy, it’s replacing personal insecurities or outside negativity with the core belief that something good will come from every situation.

#9 – ”One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel, CEO of Bethel Leadership Institute

09-”One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel, CEO of Bethel Leadership Institute

Make a priority to know everything about yourself.  Know exactly who you are and who you aren’t, strengths and weaknesses, and move forward in way that works for you. Just because it’s your dream, doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Strategically recruit team members with strengths that you don’t have and create your ultimate “dream” team.  

#10 – “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou, Author, poet and activist

10-“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou, Author, poet and activist

Success will follow if you figure out what you love and pour your heart and soul into it. Don’t follow the opinions or expectations of others. The more you follow “your” heart, the more empowered, stronger and happier you become.

#11 – You will only be successful if you are passionate about what you are doing and enjoy the people you are doing it with.” – Susan Cameron, President and CEO of Reynolds American

11- You will only be successful if you are passionate about what you are doing and enjoy the people you are doing it with.” – Susan Cameron, President and CEO of Reynolds American

When living your dreams brings you pure joy, you know that you have arrived. Success and happiness lies within you. Know how to tap into what brings you the most happiness and  to become more effective in reaching your goals.

#12 – “The most important thing to strive for in life is some kind of personal and professional achievement.” – Candace Bushnell, Novelist and TV producer

12- “The most important thing to strive for in life is some kind of personal and professional achievement.” – Candace Bushnell, Novelist and TV producer

Always desire to reach new heights. Focus on personal and professional achievements, as opposed to beating other people out. Whether you have recently overcome self-doubt or have just received a business loan, value all your achievements equally.  

#13 – “Be great at what you do, and don’t ever settle for mediocrity or else you will always wonder how great you could have been.” – Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries

13-“Be great at what you do, and don't ever settle for mediocrity or else you will always wonder how great you could have been.” – Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries

You have something amazingly special about you. Don’t just be good at what you do; be great! Strive for excellence in every area of your life. Be the person of your dreams. Set your standards high and reach them every time.

#14 – “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder, Co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies

14-“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder, Co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies

There is just no substitute for hard work. Simply stated, hard work is the secret to your success. Get a great education and prepared for your future. Do your work at the best of your ability. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. Be a hard worker and your future self will definitely thank you for it.

#15 – “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton, Multi-platinum country singer-songwriter

15-“If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton, Multi-platinum country singer-songwriter

Become a solution-oriented person. If something is not working, just change course. Find another way. Just because you make a good plan, doesn’t mean that is what’s going to happen. Don’t see it as an overwhelming failure, just readjust your plan and make it work!

#16 – “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald, “Queen of Jazz”

16-“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald, “Queen of Jazz”

Validation from others is great, but don’t rely on it. There’ll not always be someone else around when you need an uplifting word. Have an abundant source of encouragement within yourself. Self-deprecation will never get you anywhere. Do not bully yourself; lift yourself to new heights.

#17 – “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it.  It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible.  Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey, “Queen of all Media”, media proprietor and producer

17-“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey, “Queen of all Media”, media proprietor and producer

Get vocal! Be heard! Verbalize your vision to yourself and others. Be knowledgeable and speak intelligently. Defend yourself and your vision. Stand up for what matters the most.  ou are not meant to be silent. Be the bold and fierce woman you are meant to be.

#18 – “You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.” – Cathy Freeman, Olympic medalist sprinter

18-“You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.” – Cathy Freeman, Olympic medalist sprinter

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. So, aim high and never look back. Don’t confuse progress with winning. Take your dreams all the way across the finish line. Be your best self and live your best life. Never settle. Do not tolerate anything less than the best!

#19 – “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand, Author and playwright

19-“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand, Author and playwright

Do what you love and you will never want to stop. Be an unstoppable, immovable force and never give up. Be strong, focused, and steadfast through any obstacles you face. Never let failures stop you; garner the right resources and be inventive. Have the passion, fire and drive within you to overcome and move past all barriers. You can do anything if you’re persistent.

#20 – “May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life.” – Coco Chanel, Fashion designer and founder of Chanel

20-“May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life." – Coco Chanel, Fashion designer and founder of Chanel

In the end, you’ll be defined by what you do, not what you say.  Seize every opportunity; embrace every experience. Find your place in the world and make a mark! Vow to make a difference in others. If you have a taste of success, be an example and mentor other women around you. Facilitate a spirit of greatness and shine your beacon of light.

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