As mentioned in a previous post, you CAN achieve your goals and live your dreams. I absolutely believe this is true!
For one, I am personally experiencing this reality, and as mentioned in the post You Can Achieve Your Goals IF, my journey hasn’t been easy. But even more, I’ve met dozens of people who are achieving their goals and living their dreams who have traveled much more challenging journeys than me. Bottom line, no matter what you’ve faced or where you’ve been, it’s still possible to achieve your goals and live your dreams. While the past pages of your story have already been written, the ink for future chapters is still in your pen. This means you CAN live it forward into your best life and calling!
With that said, there are several big IFs to your success equation. In the previous post, I shared four big-picture and philosophical IFs. In this post, I’ll focus on a few practical IFs.
You Can Achieve Your Goals IF
Most of life is lived in what I call The Arena of the Mundane. In other words, while your goals create your DREAM, seeing your dream become reality requires you to DO mundane, day-in and day-out tasks. This is what it means to move from DREAM to DO, and here are a few steps to help you make it happen.
First, commit to moving from DREAM to DO! Some people get stuck dreaming about living into their best life and calling for years. Others…decades. Yes, there is a time to dream, but if that time last too long, your dreams are bound to drift towards fantasy instead of reality. If you want to achieve your goals and live your dreams, the first step is to commit to doing!
Second, develop a solid PLAN. This step will help you move your goals out of fantasyland into reality. When developing your plan, make sure to:
- Determine specific action steps. Take your vision—the place you want to end up—and work backwards. In other word, start with the end in mind and then walk backwards to figure out what steps are required to get there. Never forget that big-picture visions are achieved in small, daily steps.
- Develop a timeline. Achieving big goals often takes two or three times longer than you anticipate. So why suggest developing a timeline if it’s likely to be inaccurate? Because developing a timeline pushes you to get moving. Even if your plan takes longer than expected, at least you know where you’re going and you’re tracking your progress. Plus, you’ll likely learn lessons along the way that will help you develop more accurate timelines for future goals.
- Evaluate your progress. Don’t get so busy working your plan that you don’t take time to make sure you’re still following your plan. Take time out, at least ever other week, to review your plan and tweak it as needed.
- Party! That’s right…when you accomplish your plan, celebrate! You’ve earned it.
Third, tell ALLIES what you’re doing. I say this cautiously, of course. Don’t tell “wet blankets” because they will only dampen your spirits. But do tell those who believe in you. Not just “yes” people, but people who are positive, who want you to succeed, who will encourage you along the way, and who will say the tough things that need to be said. These people are invaluable in helping you achieve your goals and live your dreams. (As a side note, if you want to attract these kinds of people, BE ONE OF THESE PEOPLE.)
Finally, GET MOVING! There is no time like the present to get moving. If you are committed to moving from DREAM to DO, if you have a PLAN, and if you have positive ALLIES in your corner…what are you waiting for? Take your first step today!