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