Last week, I told you that keeping your dreams a secret doesn’t help them to come true; your ongoing excitement and enthusiasm for pursuing them does.

Best-selling author and motivational speaker Mel Robbins talks about how you ‘manifest’ a new reality not by simply feeling good about it, but by channeling your enthusiasm into doing the work it will take each step of the way. If your dream is to live in France, but you balk at setting aside the time to listen to a French podcast or get super discouraged by the visa options, you’re not going to get very far in bringing your dream to life.

But there’s another slightly insidious trap to watch out for as well. And it’s that you have to look beyond your current dream coming true, to what happens next.

You don’t necessarily want to invent another project just yet, or let the new thing distract you from your current goal (I am intimately familiar with shiny object syndrome!), but you don’t want to achieve your goal only for it to not be a big deal, because you don’t know what to do next. That gap can be scary.

What do you have to look forward to once you’ve achieved your goal?

What does your daily life look like in France once you’ve overcome the challenges of getting the right visa and setting up your business? How does it feel to be living that life?

It’s easy to get caught up in the challenges of the move and of the planning, but eventually, that work will come to an end. What is the next exciting chapter of your life?