Can I really reach my goal? Let’s start with some inspiration.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans.” – Kobi Yamada
I needed these reminders today. Setting a big goal can be quite scary sometimes. There are so many people, myself included, who set goals only to make it to the first 5 steps. So, how do we get past that? How do we really take our dreams and turn them into a reality?
There will always be a plan of action to reach your goals and without it you won’t succeed. One aspect of that plan involves a little soul searching. This is a natural step for some and for others it takes a little more effort. It is easy to skip this step to move on to more practical steps but I promise this would be a mistake.
A long-term goal will take time and you will undoubtedly be faced with obstacles along the way. Knowing your strengths, weaknesses and tendencies will be a great asset when those tough times arise. This step along with the first 5 steps we discussed previously is a part of what I call the Preparation Phase. For some this may be a lengthy process but regardless of the time it takes you, it is worth it. Set yourself up for success by doing the work on the front end.
Consider these key points when determining your ideal plan of action for reaching your goals.
Know your why.
Another way to state this point is to know what pushes you. At some point in this journey, you are going to want to quit. Things will become difficult and your initial excitement will fade. There will be phases of this process that involve work you do not enjoy along with hard decisions and sacrifices you don’t want to make. It will be easy to focus on this uncomfortable moment but you must redirect that focus to your original goal. Where I’m from we would say, “Now is the time to pull yourself up by your bootstraps” or as my mom would say, “Put your big girl pants on”. This will be a lot easier to do if you know your why.
My “why” is simple. I want to continue to stay at home with my kids while earning an income and becoming debt free. I also want to fulfill a desire to be an encouragement and help to those around me. There are technical aspects of blogging that are difficult for me, medical coding is not necessarily exciting and I do not enjoy late nights and early mornings. However, when I feel overwhelmed or doubt if I want to continue I remember why I’m doing this. I focus on the end result and push through.
Know what inspires you.
Every journey and destination is somewhat different but there will be plenty of people with similar stories to yours. Maybe it is just me but I like to have a glimpse into what the end result will look like. I enjoy reading success stories, don’t you? This will serve as a reminder about where you are going and will also serve as that much needed motivation when things get tough.
I have been researching the world of blogging for a long time. There are some amazing blogs out there with some very inspiring stories. One blog that I follow is The Realistic Mama. She is a successful blogger and presents her story in such a way that encourages action. When I feel insecure about my abilities to reach this goal, I visit her blog for a little inspiration. If starting a blog is in the back of your mind, I encourage you to visit The Realistic Mama.
Know what holds you back.
Before you dismiss that voice in your head telling you that you can’t do this, listen to it. Why? Because it will be back. Over and over again. Know what holds you back and secure a plan of attack against it. Make a list of why that insecurity won’t hold you back. Scrutinize it if you must to understand why it is false. The truth is: YOU are in charge. YOU are capable and have it in you to do this. The hard times WILL pass and you will come out on the other side.
There are many many insecurities related to my goal. I am not a writer and never thought of myself as creative. I am a people pleaser and care way more than I should about what you are thinking right now as you read this. My plan of attack: Writing, while natural to some can be a learned skill. Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes. I don’t have to be crafty to be creative. And you? Well, some of you will like me and some of you won’t. It may sting a little at times but it does not define me or change my outcome.
I encourage you to take the time to answer these questions about yourself and maybe even find a credible personality test to take. If you are setting an ambitious goal, these steps will prove to be valuable along the way.
We’ll continue to talk about setting goals and living intentionally and I hope you will join us. If you are a fellow blogger and would like to collaborate in some way, I would love to hear from you. If your goal or ambition is different than mine that’s okay. Comment anyway with what you are working on and maybe you can connect here with people doing the same thing.
Check back tomorrow for a Fun Friday post! Much love guys!
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