If you could just pick one or two goals in the next few months — that will have the most impact on your life — what would they be?
After posting the new resolution article, I get asked on a private note from friends this question, because they are overwhelmed when it comes to starting positive life changes.
They ask me: what one or two goals should they start with and how to achieve them without giving up in the third week?
It’s not an easy question, so I decided to make it more clear for everyone else and share my thoughts and experience in this field of ultimate change. I truly believe that we are in constant change and anything which is not growing in nature means it is dying.
There are so many changes I’ve gone through, from simplifying my life to be debt free to many more. And they’ve all seemed life-changing, and they’ve all seemed important.
But if I were to start again, and had to pick one or two, I would follow the list below in order of what I think I’d do the first 6-7 months of choosing my resolution and would be a life changing .
That said, if you followed the below steps I took (it worked for me) and you’d do pretty well.
Step 1: Dream it. Everything begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask “What if?” Think big. Don’t let negative thinking discourage you. You want to be a “dreamer.” Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family and for others. Always ask yourself what do you want and not what do you not want!
Step 2: Believe it. Yes, your dream needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things take place, if others help, if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done.
Step 3: See it. The great achievers have a habit. They “see” things. They picture themselves walking around their CEO office in their new $25 million corporate headquarters, even while they are sitting on a folding chair in their garage “headquarters.” Great free-throw shooters in the NBA picture the ball going through the basket. PGA golfers picture the ball going straight down the fairway. World-class speakers picture themselves speaking with energy and emotion. All of this grooms the mind to control the body to carry out the dream.
Step 4: Tell it. One reason many dreams never go anywhere is because the dreamer keeps it all to himself. It is a quiet dream that only lives inside of his mind. The one who wants to achieve their dream must tell that dream to many people. One reason: As we continually say it, we begin to believe it more and more. If we are talking about it then it must be possible. Another reason: It holds us accountable. When we have told others, it spurs us on to actually doing it.
Step 5: Plan it. Every dream must take the form of a plan. The old saying that you “get what you plan for” is so true. Your dream won’t just happen. You need to sit down, on a regular basis, and plan out your strategy for achieving the dream. Think through all of the details. Break the whole plan down into small, workable parts. Then set a time frame for accomplishing each task on your “dream plan.”
Step 6: Work it. Wouldn’t life be grand if we could quit before this one! Unfortunately the successful are usually the hardest workers. While the rest of the world is sitting on their sofas watching Episodes of Turkish/American series and busy on meaningless chats, achievers are working on their goal—achieving their dream. I have an equation that I work with: Your short-term tasks, multiplied by time, equal your long-term accomplishments. If you work on it each day, eventually you will achieve your dream.
Step 7: Enjoy it. When you have reached your goal and you are living your dream, be sure to enjoy it. In fact, enjoy the trip, too. Give yourself some rewards along the way. Give yourself a huge reward when you get there. Help others enjoy it. Be gracious and generous. Use your dream to better others. Then go back to No. 1. And dream a little bigger this time!
Achieving important goals in life can be difficult yet so rewarding. Enthusiasm, self-discipline, commitment, and perseverance is what’s needed to get our desired results. Once a goal is realised, a dream turned into reality, we gain acknowledgement that through hard work and passion nothing is impossible.
Create a beautiful year ahead!