At least l hope so!
In the past year how was it for you? Goals achieved? Dreams fulfilled? If you’re reading this with a sweet smile of success, congratulations. You are one of few.
For many all the bravely made plans, like new year resolutions, soon go back in the cupboard. Like a beloved ornament, dreams are gazed at and occasionally dusted off, but seldom placed in prominence and allowed to be seen in all their true glory.
Have you considered how your life would be if you kept beavering
!doing thing towards those dreams? They can come true! But it takes time and persistence, belief in yourself, and sometimes the hide of a rhinoceros.
In The seven habits of highly effective people (1990), Stephern Covey says: “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your desitination. It means to know where you are going so that you better understand where you are now, and so the steps you take are always in the right direction.”
A goal is a dream with a date and a plan. This means you need short and medium term goals on your journey towards the long term outcome you want. They have to be taking you toward where you want to be. Remember, all your goals need to be set in a realistic timescale. It’s commonly said most people overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in a decade. I find it helpful to start at the end point, and work backwards, placing my milestone markers back towards me. By breaking things down this way it is less likely that you will make the timescale errors. At each milestone take the time to review things, and adjust where necessary.
Be very clear about why you want to achieve this goal. Before you make your plan ask yourself “Why do l want this? What will it bring me? What will the benefits be?” Once you are clear on those points you will be ready to make and write your action plan. If it’s not written down, any goal will remain a vague notion, fantasy or dream.
So go for it and make your dream become your reality.