Many people dream of doing things, but they don’t often realize them. If you’re like most people, you get easily distracted and don’t always follow through. It’s not that you don’t have the ability or intelligence to realize your dreams, you may simply underestimate the power you exert over your attitude and the direction of your life. You may not know you have a wealth of choices. You have good reason to believe in yourself.
You may think about buying that new power tool, about how much your car could benefit from a good weekend tune up in your back yard. You might think of saving up for a house or vacation, of making a concerted effort to lose that extra weight, or to take steps to change your work schedule and relax more. You may tell yourself you should devote more time to deepen your personal relationships. So, what holds you back? Is it other people? Is it your inner voice or other things? Consider these five tips to reorganize your life:
1. Make a List – what do you wish to do and why? Some people use an agenda to remind themselves of appointments. You can also use a calendar to organize projects. Marathon trainers set daily goals. You can set your own daily goals and encourage yourself as you achieve them. Forgetfulness will no longer be a valid excuse. Writing reinforces ideas and jogs the memory!
2. Talk about your plans – not everyone will agree with your plans. Some people may try to talk you out of them. Listen to opinions yet, believe in yourself. The more you talk, the more real goals will seem and the more likely the vision will grow. The more you speak about plans, the less likely you are to procrastinate.
Here’s a great Zig Ziggler video. Someone to REALLY listen to!
3. Identify your timeline (i.e., for the next 3 months) – breaking big dreams down into incremental goals is what makes them less scary and more achievable. Until you do this, you may not know yourself what time commitment is required and what sorts of input and effort are needed to move ahead. Gaining a better idea of what is involved enables you to estimate how long it will take. This will enable you to realize your goals faster.
4. Re-define Priorities – as you expand on what is most important to you to achieve in the short-term, this may require you to cut back on activities which are less important. Each of us has 24 hours per day. You benefit from considering the time you wish to allocate for adequate rest, exercise, spiritual or other pursuits. Any current activities which would prevent you from reaching your new goals would be best abandoned. For example, if you wish to train for a sports event, then the nightly television may no longer be a priority. If you wish to lose weight, then continuing to eat large, unhealthy snacks will not help you move ahead.
5. Seek advice from people who have succeeded – no matter what your personal, professional, spiritual or other dreams, its useful to learn from people who have already experienced what you hope to experience. You can read books about their life stories. You can attend public conferences or contact them directly. Developing your own motivation and concentration will be easier with mentors.