For the past few years I have always written down my 3-6-12 month goals as well as a few things I would like to improve on along the way. I've done well with the goals but very poor on the things I want to improve. Often times we set our mind to a few things, and the "other" stuff we want to merely improve we believe that we can push off onto next month to improve. Month after month and we are still without an progress. My Spanish today is just as subpar as it was 3 years ago... no improvement.
I'm going to take a new approach the next 12 months re: the thing in my life I want to improve. Studies say it takes 21 days to create or form a new habit - other research leans more towards 66 days, but I'm going to focus on 30 days. Each month I'm going to chase a new passion, an area of my life that I would like to improve. For me that may include a 30 day Spanish immersion course, an intense 30 day boxing workout (always wanted to train like a boxer), perhaps study different meditation practices, or even learn the basics to coding.
The point is a simple adjustment in the way we look at the things we want to achieve may in fact lead to more success. I've always said, don't dream, dreams are scenarios in life we're ok with not accomplishing because they are so far fetched. Rather than dream, set goals. When you've set and reached goals you'll look back and realize you're living out your dreams.