Follow your Dreams, and Everything in Between

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and think about your purpose in life? Don't worry; you are not alone. Having a purpose can cause many people to feel lost without direction or focus. For some, life can sometimes seem like a slow-motion picture where days blend one into another, and the only thing that indicates a change of scenery is when it is time to plan for a big event.

Most people know the importance of setting goals for their lives and that the first step toward achieving them is to clearly understand who they are. Having a plan is one thing, but knowing what you want is the actual test.

Knowing the difference between needs versus wants in life sets you up to become a successful female entrepreneur.

The difference between needs vs. wants

There's a big difference between needs and wants. Wants refers to things that would be nice to have; they represent desires. While needs are things you require to survive, they represent your necessities. We often confuse the two, which leads us to have "wants" instead of "needs," pushing us into a spiral of bad decisions that only provide temporary happiness.

Knowing the difference between your needs and wants can set you up for success. You'll know what's essential in life and what you need to get through it successfully.

Let's start by noting the difference between material and emotional needs. Material needs are the things you require to maintain a particular style, including food, shelter, and clothing. On the other hand, emotional needs are the things that are essential for your mind and body to function at their best, and this could include things like love and companionship or a sense of belonging.

But other things represent needs without being vital to survival, like protection, a sense of security, emotional stability, and a sense of fulfillment as a person.

Needs, by nature, are limited and not flexible -they remain a constant in your life- and not fulfilling them might pose a severe limitation to your life.

On the other hand, wants represent desire, dreams, and aspirations to get satisfaction. They denote choices and unlimited alternatives to an individual, and not fulfilling them may result in disappointment or dissatisfaction but do not pose a severe limitation to life.

I'm not going to lie… It is darn difficult to figure out if our plan is taking us in the right direction. More than once, we act on impulse and "follow an idea" that seems to be a sure thing, only to end up with a half-baked project. Following what you want without taking care of your needs is risky business. You'll find yourself much happier when you start by taking care of your necessities first and, at the same time, work on identifying your wants and dreams because they can be pursued at any time and still achieve a sense of fulfillment.

I'm not a personal development guru, but life has taught me vital lessons on endurance, resilience, and discovering my passion. Once I knew what I needed in life, I found my passion, which helped me create a plan to make my dream a reality.

Here are the first four steps I took to identify my needs and set them apart from my wants and dreams.

Action Steps

  • Make a list of ALL the things you require to maintain a comfortable lifestyle.

  • Describe the things essential for your mind and body to function at their best.

  • Write down ONE THING that you need to feel you've reached your full potential as a person.

  • Once you have an idea of your needs, look at your resources and make a list to know where to focus your efforts to fulfill them.

Take your time. One of the most critical steps to becoming a successful female entrepreneur is identifying your needs, and knowing this will help you find clarity in your life.

Set a destination and enjoy the journey

  • Make a list of three things you want to achieve in life.

  • Describe each one of them in full detail.

  • Create a timeline for each dream.

Book recommendations:

  • In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice From over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

  • Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before? Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business by Marcella Allison and Laura Gale.

  • Believe IT: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima.

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