We all have goals and dreams. We have things we want to do, places we want to visit and things we’d like to accomplish. However sweet our plans seem, they are nothing without actions. We all want to wake up in 5 years in our dream homes with our dream cars etc. That’s all well and good. Except from the part where we’re not changing our actions to reflect that lifestyle. We are acutely aware that our choices today determine our tomorrow. Why then do we stay doing wishful thinking instead of actively working on those goals? Nothing ever came to those who slept and dreamt sweet dreams.
‘Start doing and stop ‘dreaming’.
The first thing you want to do is,
1. Define what you want.
2. Write it down.
3. Put it into practice.
Specific – I would like to own my own hair company. You’ve specified the type of company you’d like own.
Measurable – How will I measure my goal? You can include things like by mid year I would have hit 50+ sales.
Achievable – This is all about the logical steps to take towards your goal. Draw a timeline for every 6-12 months to track your progress. Something like Month 1- Attend XXX seminar. Month 2- Get up to 10 sales. Month 3- Establish social media presence by opening a new Instagram/twitter etc. And so on and so forth. The plan here is to take active steps to show how you’re doing and adjust anything as and when needed.
Realistic/Relevant – Is this a worthwhile goal? Do I have the necessary resources and capacity to see this all the way through? This one can get tricky as it’s all a matter of perspective. Therefore I’d use the rule of 3 to sift through. Ask 1 friend, 1 family member and 1 “independent” non family/friend to review your idea and see what they think. Chances are if they all say yes then you’re on a great start. If they all say no then you might need to do some tweaking.
Time bound – Taking the long view on this one, this would be the overall time needed to complete/reach the goal. So in this case, 5 years.
In Conclusion …
There’s so much more between the lines but these are the basic steps to get started on whatever great dream or plan you have for your life. You can apply this to any scenario in your life so go ahead and try it.
Please contact me if you need to talk through anything, I’d love to help.
You will succeed.
All the best,