This is what has helped me to get started on the path of my dreams when all seemed lost. I hope it helps you a little in your quest for your dreams.
First, lets talk about dreams and our search for our one true path. Its easy to get confused with the overwhelming number of distractions and choices out there. Literally, even the sky is not the limit - these days. You can crash course your way into many things - you can become a blogger, you can become a baker, you can start your own company, you can publish a book or you can become a make-up artist. The surge of power, thrill, anticipation and excitement can be incredibly intoxicating. Sometimes, we sort of follow the norm without much thought. Its easy to do something for the wrong reasons. The internet age has opened a whole new world of possibilities and independent learning. Everyone's selling you something - the media, the entertainment channels, even the people in your life. So, where and when do you draw the line and become your own person and follow your inner bliss? Or do you not ever do that?
Always ask why, and always know your reasons for walking down a road. Ego? Expectations? Power? Passion? Curiosity? This will tell you about the kind of person you have become, and if your reasons are the right kinds or the wrong kinds.
Do thought experiments. What would you still keep in your life if you had no observers or audience? Lets face it - we do things in our life because we expect to get to the next level, and sometimes that includes having others think greatly and positively of us. Lets say there were no others. There was nobody in this world but you. Would you still care enough and be passionate enough to do what you do now if you didn't had to do it and if there was no one else to pat you on the back for it.
And, now finally, the thing that helped me. Its simple but ingenious.
Start 31 day challenges. If there's something you want to get started with, doing it consistently for 31 days will make it a habit. Just make sure you don't skip a single day, and be prepared to bleed your heart, mind, spirit and to sacrifice and commit your sanity to it. Don't expect it to be a bed of roses - Its going to be hard but if you persist, you would have developed a valuable skill and a productive habit and a positive mindset. Excellence and perfection requires work and time, so be patient. Some days, it will be relatively easy, and some days relatively hard. At the end of 31 days, you might quit - which then means this isn't the thing for you or that you gave up too easy - only you would know the true answer. Or you might carry on and make something out of this small movement - in which case you know this is your path and you have become enlightened.
I am not trying to preach or state the obvious but the two times that I have tried this exercise, it has led me to greater things in life. I did a 31 day running challenge, and a 31 day writing challenge. And now, I am a runner and writer for life.
So, here's wishing you all the courage you need to get started.