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! “
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!
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
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
thoughthe 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
Don’t believe me, talk to anyone who may not have
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
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 on to the next journey.
“Have you ever used a list to help you accomplish a goal?”
“Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others ”
We all have things that we want to accomplish in our lives, but for most of us they go no further than just a thought. For some of us, that thought turns into doubt and fear before ever having a chance to manifest into our reality. It is easier for us to remain in a state of comfort rather than trying something new and feeling uncomfortable. So how can we take that first step?
Meditation has existed for thousands of years, but it has only made its way to the West within the last 50 years. Meditation can still be seen as taboo in the West, but its health benefits are so great that we need to look past any stigmas that may be attached to it.
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.
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?
When we are going through difficult times, for most of us it feels like our world is crashing down on us. We wonder if the pain will ever end, and for some of us we begin to lose hope that it ever will. People tell us to stay positive, that it will pass, but usually any advice falls on deaf ears. How can anyone understand what we’re going through?
Most of us hold ourselves to the high expectations. We have a set notion in our minds of how something should look. When it doesn’t happen how we think it should, or it’s more difficult than we expected, we begin to beat ourselves up and sometimes we even give up and quit.
We all blog for different reasons. Some of us write because it’s therapeutic, others for networking, and some of us want to find ways to make money doing what we love – Writing! I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find ways to make money as a freelance writer. While I still believe knocking on a companies door (email) and offering to write for them is best, below I’ll share something that has put hundreds of writing assignments in one place.
Updates on my blog, book, and a few pictures…
Life can be one big distraction if we allow it to be. We can’t wake up in the morning without being distracted by something. Our minds become consumed with the thoughts of the world. Some relevant to our well being, most not. So what can we do?