Yesterday, we talked about clarifying our goals, getting specific about them, so that we can make concrete steps toward achieving them But, have you ever had some aspirations that you felt were beyond your current capabilities? It is natural to dream about things that you want to do someday, but currently cannot. However, to realize any of your dreams, at some point you must stop planning and start taking action.
While planning is an important part of bringing your dreams to life, you must be careful to avoid dedicating more time to the mental preparation than to action. If you spend your entire life planning for the future, then when will you actually start living?
Here are a few strategies to help jumpstart your goal-achieving actions:
1. Actions speak louder than words. Yes, I know it sounds a bit trite, and you have heard it many times before, but have you really considered the meaning? Taking action and achieving are more powerful than simply planning for the future. Start taking steps in the right direction while planning, instead of waiting for every detail of your plan to be complete.
- Keep in mind that you can accomplish your goals as long as you are moving in a forward direction. It may take some time, depending on how large your goal is, but moving forward will get you where you want to be.
- Taking action, regardless of how small, moves you forward.
2. Consider the language you are using. Which sounds more effective? “I am going to lose weight,” or “I am losing weight”? How about the difference between “I am planning on going to school,” and “I am currently attending school”? The differences in these statements may have a profound impact on whether you are actually doing something to get somewhere, going somewhere, or just thinking about it.
3. Break goals into smaller bites. Rather than creating an overwhelmingly lengthy plan that will take several years to fully realize, why not break your goals into smaller pieces that you can achieve one at a time? Setting goals too far into the future can hamper your ability to take small steps in the right direction now.
- For example, say you want to lose 100 pounds. Try setting goals to lose 1% of your body weight per week until you reach your final goal. Achieving several weight loss goals over a period of time will help keep you motivated rather than struggling endlessly for that one far-off goal.
- Perhaps you want to achieve something over a period of time, such as graduating from college in four years. In this case, you can break your goals into quarters or semesters. This will help you feel a sense of success with your progress as you work toward the larger goal of graduating with a degree.
Sometimes it can feel very challenging to build up the momentum needed to achieve goals and get where you want to be in life. Raise your standards and fully expect action from yourself instead of just thoughts and words.
If you are struggling to move from planning to actual accomplishments, try breaking your goals into smaller pieces. You will amaze yourself how motivational a little success can be.
To your continued success!!