Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”Aaron Spelling
It is almost 2020. A milestone year? It can be if you put on your working clothes and follow your dreams.
Even more important is your attitude. Put on your best attitude because without it being successful in achieving your dreams will not be easy.
Why do we make it so difficult to follow through? We have so many tools available to us; it should be easy. We over-complicate. We need to keep it simple.
What is the right combination for each of us? What plan works for me may not work for you. Our goals will probably be different, and each of us will be working with a different attitude and a different skill set.
DECIDE ON YOUR GOAL AND WRITE IT DOWN
The first step and the easiest is deciding what you want to do. Take a little time and think about your goal. What do you want to accomplish? Then write it down, so it is clear and concise.
MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
Now that you have set your goal by writing it down, you need to make a plan of action. Your goal is a statement of intent. You have acknowledged your commitment by writing it down.
Now you need to make a plan . How are you going to achieve it? What steps do you need to take to make it happen?
Your goal is something you should focus on every day. Write it down and look at it each day. Use sticky notes and place them in locations where you will see them often.
DEVELOP A TIMELINE
When do you want or need to complete your goal? It is not enough to write it down. There is more required. Decide on a date of completion. If you do not have an endpoint, it is easy to lose your focus.
I think it is critical to plan out how you are going to attain your goal. That means dividing your goal into steps or sections. Visualize the steps and put them on paper. Set a time limit for completing each step and also a date for the completion of your goal.
Use visual reminders such as a whiteboard, calendar, and planner.
Schedule in some wiggle room for any adjustments you may have to make as you work on completing your goal.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED
As part of moving forward in life and achieving any goal, it is important to learn new skills. You have set your goal, you have written it down, and you have decided on a deadline. Can you realistically complete the goal with the skill set you have, or will it be necessary to learn a new skill?
If you need to learn a new skill, what is required, and how long will it take? You will need to factor this into your plan and your schedule for completion. I firmly believe it is beneficial to learn new skills. Always read to keep up to date with current events and different viewpoints. You never know when they may help you in your work or personal life.
HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET
Be aware of your mindset. Check your attitude as you work through achieving your goal. It can be easy to get discouraged, tired, and lose confidence. As part of the process of completing your goals, be sure to surround yourself with like-minded, positive people. Encourage them and do the same for your self. Tell yourself you are doing a good job and remind your self of the value of your goal. Be optimistic.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.Helen Keller
TIME TO PUT YOUR PLAN INTO ACTION
Now that you have all your ducks in a row and you have a clear goal and an organized, realistic plan, it is time to start. Take the first step. There is no reason to wait because if you hesitate, it becomes easier and easier to put it off. Before you know it, months may have gone by, and you will not have moved forward toward your goal.
Be excited. Take the first step and then the next. You will gain confidence as you progress through your plan, and each step will feel more natural to you. Each step will be easier to make.
PLAN FOR ADJUSTMENTS
Remember that not everything may go as planned. There may be a correction needed, but do let it stop you. Reassess and do not panic. Remember, you put in some wiggle room in your schedule, just in case. You may need to make adjustments to your plan. Do not stop. It may be irritating, and it may be disheartening, but it does not mean you cannot complete your goal. Make any needed adjustments and take the next step.
Stay focused on the completion of your goal. Use your tools, look at your schedule, and keep pushing your self forward. Each day will bring you closer to achieving your goal.
As you go through this process, always focus on the result. You should acknowledge the ups and downs of the process and what you have learned along the way. Every step is a learning process and a confidence builder. You gain confidence because you realize you already had the skill to do A and B, and because you learned new skills, you were able to complete C, D, and E.
Congratulate and reward yourself for a job well done.
Know that going forward, you have a new skill set and are better prepared to conquer your next goal.
Get ready. It’s almost 2020. Believe in yourself!
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.”Sarah Ban Breathnach
As always, thanks so much for reading my blog. Life is an adventure. Have a great 2020!