Have you ever caught yourself sitting around staring off into space dreaming about your future? Wondering what you will be doing in the next week, month or year? All of a sudden your imagination starts running wild and the creative juices begin to flow.
The daydreams are getting bigger and bigger and without a shadow of a doubt this will be your big break. Then the anxiety starts to set in when you begin thinking about how you are going to bring your next big thing to fruition. It seems to be too big and then you abandon it. In a matter of minutes, you’ve gone from dreaming happily about your future to curled in the fetal position laced with growing fear. Not to worry, let’s take a couple breaths and focus on one thing at a time. I’m all about baby steps. While that dream might seem too hard to take to completion from the onset, if you take it day by day then it won’t be a pipe dream.
When you have an idea or something you want to achieve you need to set some actionable goals along the way.
Say you want rock hard abs. They aren’t going to appear overnight because you did one sit up. What it takes is setting a schedule of consistent daily actions to see results over time.
Start by making a plan of how you are going to make small changes toward meeting your goals. I know I can’t write a best selling book in a day but I know that as long as I sit down to write anything this will bring me closer than I would be if I did nothing.
Each month, I take time to sit quietly and make a list of achievable but slightly lofty goals I want to meet. They might not seem like they will do much but it will get me closer to where I want to be and as long as I get to work, I might do more than I set out to do.
These goals are not so scary that I don’t want to start at all but they are big enough to make a difference at the month’s end. Anything is better than nothing.
Do you find it hard to stay with your goals when they seem too big? The thing is to dream big but work realisitically. For example, if you want to make 1 million dollars a year but have no point of reference to get there then it will be a hoop dream.
But if you start small with aiming toward a goal that seems more attainable then mapping out your action plan to get started will lead you to your big dream. It could be something as simple as saving a little bit of money each month to let it grow with interest over time.
Goals only work when you do. You have to be able to take your list and check off a little at a time. Then when a new month begin look back at your progress and write down new goals from where you ended.
Even if you didn’t complete what you wanted, chances are you got more done then if you hadn’t written down any goals.
Where do you see yourself on a month? The first step is to write down your goals, keep them in the forefront of your mind by reading over them daily and then GET TO WORK on those baby steps!