Throughout your life, you have planned to and meant to do a lot of things. Perhaps you intended to go into a certain line of work, live in a certain area, or become involved in certain hobbies and activities. But everyday life just kind of intervened and prevented you from doing what you have always thought you would do.
And here you are. Still wishing you could accomplish some of the goals and desires you established a long time ago. Some of the activities you want to do might even come up in your conversation periodically. You start out by saying things like, “One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is…” or “I always thought I would…”
So, how can you stop talking and start doing what you intend to do? What does it take to follow through with more of your intentions?
Action Strategies to Help Inspire you to begin Fulfilling Your Dreams for Your Life:
1. Pick your top 3 desires for this current time. Limiting the goals you plan to work on will help you succeed. Select those things that are the most important for you.
2. Get Focused. Stay focused on those 3 goals and do not allow anything to get in the way of accomplishing them. When you are focused, you will keep those goals on your mind every single day. You might even say that you will eat, sleep, and drink with those few goals.
3. Chunk it. Break each goal up into “chunks.” Divide it up into smaller mini-goals and enjoy one success after another as you move toward attaining these smaller goals and get closer to achieving your end goal. Breaking up each goal into concrete, do-able chunks will galvanize you to get started working toward the goal one bit at a time.
4. Promise yourself. Make a promise to yourself that you will do something that moves you closer toward each of your 3 goals every single day. For example, rather than spend 2 hours in the evening playing on your electronic tablet, spend one of those hours working toward one of your mini-goals. This does not mean that you cannot use your tablet. Just use it for something specific, constructive and goal-related, instead of, or at least before settling in for web-surfing or playing your favorite golf game.
5. Stay flexible. If focusing on 3 of your desires at once is too difficult for you to work toward, then choose just one at a time and work on it until you have accomplished the goal. Also, be willing to switch from moving one goal ahead to working on another if you get stuck. Do not stand still!
6. Change your self-talk. Rather than continuing to say that you have “always wanted to do” something, state what you have done recently to work toward accomplishing your goal. Use your discussions and language with yourself and with others to remind yourself of what your intentions are. Now your talk and your actions are both consistent with attaining your goal.
- For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn TaeKwonDo, tell what you have done to check into it. “I called a club the other day to find out when the Taekwondo class starts and how much it costs.” What a thrill it will be when your next conversation includes, “At my Taekwondo class the other day, I …”
It will feel invigorating and wonderful when you start avidly focusing on your desires and actively working to achieve your goals? You have, right now, within your reach, the power to stop talking and start doing whatever is necessary to translate your intentions into actions. You can live the life you have yearned to live and achieve your dreams.