How to Accomplish More than Ever Before Using this Simple Method – Feel Great While Doing so

We all want to accomplish more, but it is easier for us to make excuses as to why we can not do something instead figuring out a way to get it done. Some of us want to change careers, make more money, work for ourselves, or just simply experience something new, exciting, and challenging. We have plenty of wants and even more excuses why it will never happen, but we lack ways that will help us get sh*t done.

Some of us do not even step out of the batters box before we convince ourselves that whatever it is we seek is impossible. Our ideas come and go as quickly as the days of our lives pass us by. The rest of us acknowledge our ideas, but never find a way to manifest them into something more. Below I will share the simple method that will help anyone accomplish any goal that they want bad enough.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Have you ever had an idea and shortly afterwards you can not remember what it was? This happens to all of us far too often, and it could be costing us our dreams. We live in a world of digital technology, so there really isn’t any good excuse as to why we should forget anything.

What should we do?

Get it out of our head! One way or another our idea should never remain locked in our minds risking becoming lost along with the other 70,000 thoughts we have each day (My rookie blog). We need to immediately write down any thought that excites us. If we are thinking of changing careers and think schooling may help, we need to write it down. If we want to finally write that book we have been thinking about and an idea comes to mind, guess what – write it down!

  • Pen and paper
  • Enter into phone
  • Record note
  • Tell your phone to take a note (Thank you Siri for always being there for me) 

NEXT, LET’S GET ORGANIZED

If you thought just writing down our thoughts would magically help make our dreams a reality, sorry for misleading you, but there is still some work that we must do. Having ideas and thoughts written down is an excellent start, but now we must organize and come up with a plan.

Once we know what we passionately want to accomplish we need to make a realistic plan including a list detailing how we will get there. The list is a simple method which is multi-purposed. First, it will hold us accountable, and second it will motivate us.

Things to consider when making a list

  • Be Realistic!– This is important. If we are not realistic and set our goal too high we could easily become discouraged and possibly quit. This happens often. If we want to further educate ourselves while raising a family it would be wise to set a date that we would like to finish school and then add the, things come up cushion

Otherwise, the moment we become challenged we could find ourselves giving up. Remember, even if it takes 4 years to complete 2 years of education we will be much happier looking back in 4 years as we complete it instead of looking back wishing we would have started

  • Set Weekly “To Do” Lists – Remembering to, “Be Realistic,” set weekly goals. What do we want to accomplish this week? In the beginning, we should set just two or three things to do. As we cross each one off we won’t be able to control the feeling of excitement that will build within us. We are meant to challenge ourselves, and when we accomplish what we set forth to do we will feel great for doing so.

NOTE: It is extremely important that we do not set unrealistic goals. Doing so will almost always end without us accomplishing our goals. If we have a list that feels too difficult we will begin to doubt ourselves and question whether or not we should continue

  • Stay Confident and Consistent Every day will not be easy. Some days will suck. Some days we will ask ourselves if this was a good idea. Some days we will wish we had never started. Good! When that happens, it means that we are doing exactly what we are meant to be doing. We are growing though the challenge, and when we come out on the other end we will feel more accomplished than we ever have before.

We should use these feelings as reminders to why we started in the first place. When things get tough it is OK for us to take a step back and breathe. We can tell ourselves whatever necessary to keep moving forward, because trying our best is better than not trying at all.

Don’t believe me, talk to anyone who may not have anymore time to start something new. Ask them if there is anything that they regret doing in their lives. When they answer, look deep into their eyes, and guaranteed you will feel their sadness and disappointment.

 How I Accomplish Every Goal Using these 3 Simple Ideas

KEEP IT SIMPLE

We make things more difficult than they need to be by overthinking the process, or by not thinking enough about it. Everything is about balance. The same is true for goal setting. Life is full of distractions which makes us full of excuses.

When we look at people who are doing the things that we want to do, we need to remind ourselves that they too once stood where we are today. They didn’t wake up one day, and surprise, all of my dreams have come true. Well, actually, it kind of does happen like that, but the amount of hard work that they put in beforehand is immeasurable.

It is important that we do not compare ourselves to anyone else, because we all experience our journey differently. Comparison can be detrimental to our dreams. When we compare ourselves to others, we can become frustrated that we are not where they are. We can use people for inspiration, but we need to take that inspiration and create our own beautiful reality.

CELEBRATE OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

We are focused and nothing should stop us until we accomplish our goals. Every accomplishment should be celebrated. When we cross something off of our to-do list, we celebrate. When we create a list that will take us even further forward, we celebrate. And when we accomplish the goal that we set out to complete, we celebrate like we never have before. Once we are done celebrating and the dust has settled, we move onto the next journey.

(photo by gjsethexplores)

Have you ever used a list to help you accomplish a goal?


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Why we Should Never Have to Settle [at Work] Again – The Power of Perseverance

As you sit reading this you may be one of the many people who are unengaged at work. Over the past few years there have been several studies showing that up to 87% of us  are not happy at our jobs. It would seem like a no brainer for us to get up and find something else, but we don’t. So why do we continue to do anything that does not satisfy our well-being?

The answer will be different for all of us, but the following examples are common throughout the workplace.

  1. Fear – Being afraid to start or start over.
  2. Lack of skills – Feeling like you’re not qualified.

FEAR IS A GOOD THING!

When we are starting something new it is normal for us to feel afraid. It is our bodies natural response to anything that is outside of our comfort zone. Comfort equals safety, but comfort can also equal unhappiness. When we are comfortable we stop challenging ourselves. When we stop challenging ourselves we stop growing. When we stop growing, our happiness could ultimately fade away.

This is what happens in the workplace. When we begin a new job we feel excited. We are excited and challenged as we are learning something new. After a certain amount of time we adapt and can do the job without even thinking about it. And that is exactly what happens, we stop thinking. We find our routine and we begin living the same day over and over again. The challenge of learning something new fades away and most of us become bored.

I use fear as a tool. When I begin working on something new and fear enters my mind I know that I have an amazing opportunity for growth ahead of me. This year I am working on visiting and speaking at schools (Any teachers, school administrators lets connect 😉 ). The thought of it is scary. Standing on stage in front of hundreds of kids wondering how I will be able to connect with them sends my mind racing. but it’s that feeling of fear that lets me know that I am on the right track.

YOU MAY BE MORE QUALIFIED THAN YOU THINK

I believe that if there is a job that we are interested in doing we should at least try to get it. We don’t know if we are qualified or not unless we fully commit to trying. I don’t mean sending in a resume with a blank email. Most jobs get hundreds of resumes, and most of those resumes never get more than a glance. We need to do whatever it takes to stand out.

SELL YOURSELF!

If there was ever a job that I was  interested in I would do anything that I could to stand out. I would submit my resume along with an email or cover letter showing that I was passionate about the job. Be careful not to sound generic. It always shows. So does passion.

I posted a picture on Instagram last night that reminded me of something that inspired me to write this morning. Years ago I was looking for a job as a headhunter (recruiter). I had no prior experience and I didn’t meet the “minimum requirements.” I applied anyway, and to my surprise I got a call for an interview. I was taken over by happiness.

My interview consisted of having lunch with the President of the company and five other people. Their questions were rapidly fired at me one after another. I was underprepared and overwhelmed by the interview. Later that day I found out that I would not be receiving an offer. My excitement quickly turned to disappointment.

I took another job, but I couldn’t get over not getting an offer from the other company. I knew in my heart that I could do that job. I would periodically check-in and email the President wishing him well. I became bored at my current job, and one day sent a long and passionate email to the President of the other company telling him that I knew I could do the job. His response was simple, “I like your perseverance. Let’s have lunch.” We had lunch the following day and as we said goodbye he told me that I would have an offer letter emailed to me by the end of the day.

I wasn’t qualified on paper, but my perseverance paid off and I was able to sell my true self. Not every situation will be the same, but we have to at least try. The point is if we want something bad enough we can have it. Whether it’s a new job or a promotion at our current job, we should go for it. Even if we try our best at something and we don’t get it there is still plenty of opportunity for growth. We can find out what we were missing and do whatever is necessary to improve ourselves.

It doesn’t matter what our age, circumstances, or the perception we have on ourselves. If there is something that we want to do we should find a way to make it happen. Be creative and find ways to make whatever your dreams may be a reality. Stop being comfortable and do something that scares the crap out of you, because the excitement that will follow could be life changing.

As always I am available to chat and look forward to connecting with each of you.

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