Should You Follow Your Dreams Or Be Realistic?

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Should You Follow Your Dreams Or Be Realistic?



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Hi there! I'm Giorgia, a mindset coach + healer on a mission to help you heal self-sabotage, so you can build a wildly profitable business from your passions.

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Should you follow your dreams or be realistic and get a job – any job – to pay the bills?

This question kept gnawing at me in the days before I moved to London. Everything was already planned. I had booked the ticket, arranged to stay at a friend’s friend’s boyfriend’s place while he was away, and packed my most treasured belongings into a tiny pink suitcase. 

My heart was saying, “Go! This is your dream. You’ve always wanted to make a living writing and London is the perfect place to make it happen.”

But my mind was pulling the brakes: “Stop! You don’t know anyone in London. You can’t make money writing. What if you fail? Stop dreaming and get a proper job.”

My friends agreed: “We all have dreams, Giorgia, but we’re not children, anymore. At some point, you have to grow up and do the sensible thing.”

What if they were right? What if my dreams were just an unrealistic child’s fantasy? 

But then, why my soul was calling out, telling me I was doing the right thing in chasing my dream?

When your head and your heart don’t agree, who do you listen to?

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Should You Follow Your Dreams?

Yes! Yes! Yes! I’m ALL for following your dreams – in a realistic way.

I firmly believe you wouldn’t have a dream if you didn’t have what it takes to make it happen. But that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind, quit your day job and hope that everything will work out fine.

Making your dreams come true and doing the work you’re meant to do in the world takes:

  1. Courage: You’ll have to get out of your comfort zone, learn new skills, put yourself out there, connect with as many people as possible, and do things you’ve never done before. Does that scare you or excite you?
  2. Perseverance: You won’t get it right on the first go. You’ll try, fail, and pivot so many times, you’ll start to feel like it’s all pointless. Most dreams never come true because the dreamers quit too soon. Are you willing to persevere even when it seems hopeless?
  3. Time: Overnight success is a myth. It takes years to hone your skills, build a loyal clientele and get your name out there. Are you willing to invest the time?
  4. Passion: Because you wouldn’t put up with all of the above if you didn’t love it with every fiber of your being. Passion gives you a why and keeps you going when you feel like giving up.

If after reading all this, you decide to be realistic and stay in your current job, that’s fine. It just means your dream wasn’t YOUR dream.

Sometimes, you dream of doing something, like building a business, because you want the money, fame and status it brings. But those perks come at a price. If you’re not willing to pay it, let the dream go.

Willing to do anything it takes to make your dreams come true? Congratulations! Here are the steps you need to take to follow your dreams in a realistic and safe way:

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1. Keep Your Day Job

I know you dread Mondays and feel like you can’t quit your job fast enough. But, hang in there a little longer. 

Making your dreams come true is hard enough without the added stress and worry of how you’re gonna pay your rent and put food on the table.

Your job is your safety net. It gives you the freedom to learn new skills, start your side hustle, and experiment with different passions until you’re ready to go full-time.

When your dream job can cover all your expenses and you have some savings in the bank for emergencies – that’s when it’s time to quit.


Grab a pen and your journal and write down all the ways your job is helping you to achieve your dreams. Think of:

  • What your salary allows you to do and invest in
  • The skills you can use in your own business
  • The connections you can make in that job that’ll help you achieve your dreams faster

If you really can’t think of anything, then consider changing jobs to something that will give you the skills, knowledge and connections to pursue your dream.

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2. Make A Plan To Follow Your Dreams

I don’t believe in business plans, unless you need money from investors. When you’re first starting out, there’s so much you don’t know and can’t predict.

Plus, making a plan that’s too detailed doesn’t leave any room for new opportunities to come in (some of the things you can’t predict are actually awesome and much better than what you planned).

You can start without having all the details figured out. But I do believe in having a vision of what you want to accomplish and the first few steps to get there – otherwise you risk pursuing someone else’s dream or getting overwhelmed with all the things you could be doing.


Plan out your dream:

  • Pick a dream you’d love to make come true.
  • Define a goal for your dream. Let’s say you want to start a coaching business. Your first goal may be to sign up 2 clients in your first month.
  • What’s the fastest, easiest, most joyful way to reach it? There are many ways to reach your goals, so which one feels right for you? In this example, it may be asking your friends and family for referrals or attend networking events.
  • Now you know what tasks and activities to do, schedule them in your calendar.
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3. Surround Yourself With Supportive People

It’s hard to follow your dreams when the people around you don’t understand or support your dreams.

If they think that building a business is risky and you should stick to your day job, it’s only a matter of time before their doubts will seep into your brain and you’ll start believing that too.

You don’t need to break up with your loved ones to build your business. But you need to make new friends and connections with people who support your dreams and can help you achieve it.


Create your supportive community:

  • Hire mentors and coaches to teach you the business strategies and create the mindset shifts needed for success. Make sure they’ve done what you desire to do.
  • Make friends with other people in your industry who can support you in making your dreams come true and encourage you to keep going when you feel like giving up. Networking events in your city are a great place to start.
  • Connect with influencers who can spread the word about you and your business. Social media is great for this.
  • Listen to inspiring and motivational podcasts and videos.

Wrapping It Up

You don’t have to choose between following your dreams or being realistic. You can follow your dreams in a realistic way – and you already have everything you need to make it happen.

With love,

Giorgia x

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