If there is something you want to do but have reasons for not doing it, these are usually excuses. I call excuses the things we tell ourselves to justify staying in our comfort zones. They range from, “I don’t have enough time,” to “I am too tired.” Often excuses hide out in what a lot of people like to call “reality.”

Something happens as we enter adulthood and we forget about our dreams. We let “reality” in the form of bills, chores, and life demands get in the way. But what would happen if we let our child-like wonder come out to play? What if we gave our dreams a bigger voice as we get older. What if at the end of your life, you had no regrets, no anger, no pain, just joy, abundant fulfillment and excitement for the authentic life you lived.

Dreams never die. Dreams don’t ask anything from us, except for the possibility of entertaining them. Because they know that when we do give in, life will reward us in miraculous ways.

What would happen if we pushed through that fear? Andre Gide said, "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." If we are too afraid to push out of our comfort zone then we can never grow. Being happy often means taking risks. It means chucking excuses to the curb and trusting the universe will and can provide for all of our dreams. There is no shortage of resources to go around. 

No matter what your dream is, you can reach them faster then you think with these five easy steps.

1. Connect with your inner child.  

What did you love to do when you were younger? By connecting with our inner child-like wonder we can feel more connected and happy in the present moment.

2. Look at setbacks as opportunities.

We all have a series of great opportunities that are disguised as impossible situations. It is those situations that help us grow and live life to its fullest. When we experience a layoff, divorce, disease, all of these tough life situations help us grow more into our true self. In the dark pain we can learn to embrace the light, it is in this moment peace can occur.

3. Follow your heart. 

When we listen to the pulse in our heart - the feelings rather than the rational head - we can connect to our true essence much faster. When we follow our heart and say yes to life we will be more abundant, successful, and free than we ever dreamed possible.

4.  Chuck excuses

When we make excuses that are candy coated with the title of “responsibility,” we sell ourselves short. Life is way too short to cut corners and play it safe. Life gets better when we push through our comfort zones. The famous greats in history never realized their achievements by playing it safe. You have a choice. You can be mediocre, safe, and comfortable, or you can be fulfilled, exuberant, and extraordinary.

5. Embrace Every Opportunity That Comes Your Way

By becoming the yes-master and saying YES to everything, life will start to open up more opportunities for you. When we say yes to life, life says yes to us. Rather than playing it safe and staying in your comfort zone, choose yes and watch your life transform.