How many of you have goals, or even tasks, that you have been thinking about for months / years and have not yet been able to accomplish them? Do you have all these ideas of things you want to do, but just haven’t gotten around to doing them? Well, I hate to tell you this, but none of us have unlimited time here on earth, so you better get busy. There are few things that are better than accomplishing a goal. Especially if it’s something you have been thinking about for a long time. This is something that I feel is very important for each and every human being. That sense of accomplishment will raise your happiness and self-confidence, which will then affect your relationships and other areas of your life. So what have you been waiting for? Let me share with you five steps that I think are important for doing that one thing you have always wanted to do.
- Write it down & Review often
The first step for any goal should be to put it in writing. When you do this, you are able to clarify what it is you really want to accomplish. You may even find that you are writing several drafts of your goal to make sure it really captures what you want. On the other hand, it may be simple, like “paint the fence”. Whatever it is, write it down in a place where you can refer to it often. This could be in a journal or maybe one a cue card that you put on your fridge. Just make sure you can look at it often to remind yourself of your goal.
- Tell someone about it
When you tell someone about your goal you make it real. We can have all sorts of ideas and goals floating around our head, but as soon as you tell someone about it you are now accountable for making it happen. This may sound or feel scary sometimes, but believe me when I say this is the best thing you can do. In a good situation, the person or people you share your goals with will help enable you to reach them. Most importantly, however, is the fact that you have let the world know this is what you want. Now go and get it.
- Do your research
This may not apply to more spontaneous people, but as the saying goes “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Whatever your goal is, do your research on how to make it happen. If you’ve always wanted to take a cooking class, research who offers these classes and when. If you want to climb Mount Everest, start reading books and websites from people who have already done it. There is a lot of information out there; all it takes is for you to look. Also, make sure you write down your findings. That way you can refer back to it easily for the next step.
- Make a plan
Okay, so now you’ve written down your goal, you’ve told someone about it, you’ve research what it will take to do it, now what about the kids? What about the dog or cat? What about that commitment you have this night or that night? Sometimes there are things in our life that we will have to plan for, but that’s okay. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or maybe to sometimes say no. Planning will set you up for success.
You’ve done your research and you’ve made a plan. Now here is the most important step – Commit! Register for that class. Book that trip. Buy that domain name for your website. Sign up for that race. Whatever it is, take the all important step to commit your money (if need be), or time and get that confirmed date for making your goal happen. Although having to pay for something is a great motivator, the most important thing about this step is that mentally you now have a point in time to either look forward to or work towards. Without this step, the planning and researching phase can go on for months or years, and potentially will never happen. Commit yourself to your goal! There’s no better feeling than the sense of accomplishment when that date rolls around and you know you are about to achieve something you have always wanted.
Any questions? If you do, please send them my way. If you need help in your research, I’m good with that, too. Let’s get those ideas out of our heads and down on paper. Now is the time to do what you have always wanted to do.
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