Perhaps we also need to ask, “What do I give myself?” This viewpoint is considered taboo by many mainstream religions. But ask yourself: what can I give to others, if I have not first given something to me? Can an empty well give forth water? Can an unlit candle give forth light?
I know that I have not been giving myself time in which to be more artistically creative, so I set aside time over Thanksgiving break to do some watercolor/collage pieces. Fruits of Define is one of 4 pieces that emerged.
Perhaps this season you may want to give yourself the gift of goals, the gift of a plan to help yourself succeed. These 7 steps can help you plan and attain your dream, whether it is to lose weight, be healthier, learn a new hobby, or start a business.
Step 1: Dream Big
This first step is the critical element for any success. Luck isn’t enough you have to dream big and follow your dream.
Having a big dream gives you a reason to use your time and emotional energy efficiently. If a large dream and a small dream require the same efforts and procedures, why would you dream small?No Dream=No Direction=Failure.
Step 2: Have Clear Mission and Vision in Life
You must clearly define what your dream is and what it takes to accomplish it. If you cannot express your vision to yourself, how can you share it with the world? So sit down and focus your desire and ambition into a sentence or two….this is not an essay, it is a statement of your mission.
Step 3: Set S.M.A.R.T Goals
Goals are outcomes…measurable and quantifiable. Your goal should be S.M.A.R.T (I heard a gifted motivational speaker use this anachronism)
- Specific- focus on one goal at a time
- Measurable- be exact, be scientific…this is not a vague moment, but something you can chart, or document
- Attainable- your goal must be reachable, if you are starting a business, selling 2 million units the first year, may not be an attainable plan
- Realistic- this doesn’t diminish your goal, it makes it workable (you cannot set the goal of being an astronaut if you are 80 years old and over weight)
- Timely- set a goal that can be reached within a reasonable amount of time…10 year goals rarely work, (historically, check out the 10, 20, 30 year goals of the USSR)
Step 4 : Take Action
A goal without action will never come to life. Every goal should have daily progress. Plan to take at least one step towards your goal every day.
You achieved nothing unless you take action
Step 5: Be Consistent
Be faithful to your goal. Once you start, continue daily. The world changes from moment to moment, and we adapt to these changes, but to bring a dream to life requires commitment…and that is your consistency.
Step 6: Visualize Your Success
Never lose sight of your dream….keep the thought of it ever-present in your mind. Continually remind yourself of the outcome of your success. Every once in a while, visualize how you will be, where you will be, what you will be doing when your dream materializes.
Utilize your senses: clearly see , touch, feel and understand what your end results will be like. Sometimes you can even plan “backwards” and put the necessary pieces of the puzzle in place from this long-sighted view.
When you visualize the end results, your brain works harder to figure ways of helping you accomplish that goal, in a shorter period of time.
Step 7: Never Quit
No matter how hard you work, no matter how much time you spend, if you don’t completely believe in your goal and pursue it with complete dedication, it will be very hard for you to achieve your dream. Stay healthy, stay focused, stay on track.
Keep your dream alive and adjust your course of action in order to accomplish it.
My great uncle Leonard had a saying above his desk that said,
“Quitters never win, and winners never quit.”
Give yourself the gift of being a winner…
Be mindful of your body and health, take your vitamins for women, and be blessed, Kersten