What do you want to achieve in life?
Do you simply want to get by, and have some fun on the weekends, or do you want to become the person you were meant to be, and achieve all of your goals and dreams in the process?
If you dare to be a dream-chaser, then we will leave you with this: You have to go into all-in mode.
You can't continue to flip the switch back and forth from following your dreams and not following your dreams. If you follow along that path, you will take one step forward and at least two steps back over and over again, not getting very far, or anywhere, in the process.
We aren't saying you can't have fun from time to time, or go on vacations, and we also aren't saying everything you do has to revolve around your dreams (although a goal-oriented life is not a bad one).
The problem most people face when it comes to chasing their dreams: (1) Life happens, and then people revert back to their old habits. (2) It's discouraging to hustle when you aren't seeing any sign of success. (3) People make schedules/routines that aren't maintainable.
If you have a goal in mind -- and we know you do -- then you need to make a plan of attack. Make this plan manageable, and make it part of your daily schedule. Just like a daily task, you need to treat this goal, that is now part of your schedule, like a priority. If you don't work on this goal during the specific time that you planned for, then the world will end.
If you hold that mentality, and if you continue to work on your goal during your scheduled time, then you will eventually get everything you set out to get/conquer.
While we are saying to go into all-in mode, we aren't saying to make a plan that you can't stick to for an extended period of time. For example, if you want to write a book, then set aside 30 minutes to an hour to work on it every day, not two to three hours -- well, if you have a day job, that is. If you want to lose 25 pounds (or whatever it might be), then do 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of weight training, or something that is manageable for you. Yes, doing cardio and weight training for longer periods of time might get you to your goal faster in theory, but if you can't stick with that plan, then you will get burned out, and it will lead to inactivity/not going to the gym altogether.
Go all in, but be realistic with yourself. Make a plan you can stick with for months, not a couple of days.
"I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants." — Zig Ziglar
If, for whatever reason, a distraction comes up during the time you are working on your goals, such as a friend wanting to go to the movies, then say no. While everyone needs to incorporate some downtime, the movies, more likely than not, are not going to get you any closer to your goals and dreams. Go to the movies when you have free time. Learn to say no to all of the distractions that life throws your way when you are in the process of achieving your goals.
If you really want something bad enough, if you really want to become the person you were meant to be, then you will go into all-in mode in the sense that your goals become top priorities, and you will let nothing get in the way as a result.
No one is going to achieve your goals for you, so it is up to you to hold yourself accountable to them.