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This week, I thought it would be fitting to talk about goal setting and making those big dreams you have a reality. By this time of year, most of our New Year’s resolutions have fizzled out and a lot of us need a little boost. I am a big believer in goal setting, but the key is to find a method that works for you and is SUSTAINABLE.
Here's my 6 Steps to Making Your Dreams Your Reality:
Step 1: Identify your goal and don’t be afraid to dream big.
There is no such thing as a dream that is too big. Imagine telling your children that whatever they are imagining for their life is way too big and they should dream smaller….you would never do that! So, why limit yourself? Some of my biggest achievements in life came to fruition because I wasn’t afraid to dream big and put that energy out into the universe.
Step 2: Take pen to paper and write your goal down…but keep it to yourself.
Now that you have your goal alive in your mind, it’s time to get in onto paper. There is some serious power in taking pen to paper. It makes it real, out of the land of the imaginary thoughts and into reality. It seems like such a small thing to do, but I promise you, it will make a huge difference. At this point, don’t share your goal with people yet. Keep it to yourself. Protect it. Keep that paper on your bed-side table or in your bathroom so you are visually seeing your goal every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. This helps the process of incorporating it into your reality, into your everyday consciousness.
Step 3: Create your “stepping stone goals”.
What I mean by that is create your timeline. Achieving a goal is not so much about focusing on that major end game goal, but rather on the daily, weekly or monthly activities that will slowly and steadily get you to your major goal. When you have those stepping stones in place, it takes your focus off the overwhelming big goal because you are just focused on meeting the next stepping stone. Design monthly steps that are achievable for you.
Step 4: Be picky about who you share your dreams and goals with.
This is a BIG one. Be mindful about who you are sharing your goals and dreams with. Often times, we want to shout out our big dreams to the world and usually we are immediately met with resistance that makes us question our goal and possibly even give up before we even start. Unfortunately, not everybody wants you to succeed because it forces them to look at themselves and that can be threatening to some people. If you’re surrounded by those types of people, develop a way to create boundaries and protect yourself so that that energy doesn’t penetrate and undermine what you are trying to achieve. I suggest finding a buddy or a core group of people that you can confide your goal in that will support you and have your back no matter what. This will help create accountability and will keep you honest.
Step 5: Don’t be afraid to fail!
One of the best lessons I have ever learned was to not fear failure. Setbacks are part of the process. Not only are they part of the process, they are CRITICAL to the process. If you fall off the wagon, congratulations….you are human! Just determine what the next right thing is and do it. It is from the falls that we learn the most about ourselves. Nobody achieves greatness without trials and tribulations. Don’t be overly rigid. Learn to flow.
Step 6: Check your ego at the door
In my experience, whenever I attach a goal or a dream to a greater purpose outside of myself and rooted in service to others, I am much more likely to push through the hard times and reach my end goal. Ask yourself what you can add to your goal to make it have a higher purpose outside of yourself? For example, my goal for 2016 was to lose the baby weight. I made it greater than myself by adding, “I want to lose the baby weight so that I can have the energy to play with my children and be the mom they deserve.”
Remember, turning dreams into reality takes time and persistence...and that you are worth it. Keep showing up for yourself, you never know who's watching.
Happy Monday, everybody 🙂
Plants for Life,