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10-Steps You Can Take to Make Your Goals a Reality Right Now!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
In life lots of things can hold you back from what you really want to do. Obligations to work, friends, significant others as well as extra-curricular activities can be overwhelming. The danger is making these obligations more important than you, putting yourself on the back burner rather than pursuing what you really want and need.
It’s easy to forget what you really want from life when you’re constantly caught up in the day-to-day stuff. You tell yourself, eventually I will get back to my goals. I will pursue the path I really want, but not now.
Do you remember the dreams you had as a child? Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Remember how that longing gave you hope, focus and determination?
As a child, your destiny was controlled in large part by others but as an adult, you have the power to do almost anything you want. You don’t have to ask to stay out late. You can eat ice cream for breakfast. You can do whatever you want!
How’s your life coming along? Is it what you envisioned at one time? What are you doing in order to make this the one and only, best life you will ever live? I’d like to share with you some things that have helped me stay on track in terms of my life goals, sort of a plan to organize your life and achieve your goals.
Who are you?
Ask yourself these questions: Who are you? What do you want from life? What are you passionate about? What is most important to you?
Step 1. Get perspective on your life.
One way to get perspective on your life is to break it down into general categories. Categories such as professional, spiritual, relational and personal. On a blank piece of paper write down the categories you feel best describe various aspects of your life. Make columns under each of these headings.
Step 3. Prioritize the your life.
Prioritize the categories by assigning each a letter (“A” being most important, , “B” being second most important, etc.)
Step 5. Devise a plan of action.
Select goal 1 from column A. This will be the first goal you will set out to accomplish.
Think about how you are going to accomplish this goal. Is there a process? If so, what are the steps in this process? If you do not know much about the process involved or the necessary steps required, you will need to do some research and seek assistance from someone who has actually achieved the goal your are addressing.
If there is more than one process involved in achieving your goal, make a list of each of the processes. Work on most important processes first.
Step 6. Make a to-do list.
Once you have a clear understanding of the steps necessary to achieve your goal, make a prioritized to-do list of these steps. More important steps will precede less important ones.
Step 7. Schedule your tasks.
Use a daily planner to schedule your tasks. Don’t plan too far in advance, however. In the beginning, schedule only one or two tasks at a time. Doing so will allow you to avoid becoming overwhelmed and give you more flexibility in the event that you encounter unavoidable obstacles.
As a task is completed, cross it off your to-do list. Proceed with the next step and repeat until you have completed all tasks.
Step 9. Evaluate progress.
Schedule a day and time each week to evaluate your progress. Evaluating your progress each week will help keep you motivated to continue. Ask yourself, has anything or anyone hindered me from completing a task this week? How can I overcome this obstacle in the future?
Step 10. Don’t procrastinate. Why not start today?