We all have dreams, but turning those dreams into actual goals is where people come up short. They lack confidence or they just don’t commit to things well. These tips will help you turn your dreams into goals that you CAN achieve.
1. WRITE IT DOWN
There is power in writing your goals down. Not only are your immortalizing your dreams but when you write them down you are making a commitment. Make a list of things that need to happen to achieve your dream and put a plan of action together on paper. Or your bathroom mirror.
2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ENCOURAGE YOU.
Do you have people in your life who criticize you? Or who imply that you aren’t good enough? Drop them! There’s no reason to be around folks who do not support you. The amazing thing about being human is that we can choose our friends. Pick wisely.
Of course there are people we must have relationships with, like family members. So maybe don’t share your life’s ambitions with them if they aren’t going to be supportive. Steer your conversations when you’re around them to other topics.
3. BUILD UPON YOUR STRENGTHS
Why focus on improving weaknesses? By focusing on your strengths you can create exponential results in your life. Strengths based leadership is a powerful tool to use in any organization. By focusing on what you are best at, your weaknesses will eventually diminish because the achievements of your strengths will out weigh them.
4. SET A TIME LIMIT
Basically a task will grow with importance depending on the amount of time you give yourself to complete it. If you give yourself one week to clean your closet, it will take one week. Miraculously, if you allow yourself one day, the closet gets cleaned in a day. Do yourself a favor and set a deadline. Not only will this force you to get in gear, but also you will become more focused with an end point in sight.
Find a mentor or goal cheerleader! Not only will you benefit from the positive reinforcement, but knowing you have someone to answer to if you’re caught slacking can keep you in line. An added bonus if your mentor or goal cheerleader has achieved whatever it is you’re working toward. Their advice can be invaluable.