Want a change? Make a change. Part 1
As 2014 kicks off, I find myself in a numerous brand new situations. Some of them are encouraging and exciting, while others are rather difficult and scary. The one thing I knew, I needed a plan of attack. Some points on the horizon to aim for so I felt like there were a charted course. However, with so many events happening I was overwhelmed with where to start. I opted for lists and soul searching. These are good tools, but not really a plan. Finally I was nudged towards self-help books. I know there might be a strange taste to that in your mouth, but I have found it to be a wonderful suggestion.
These are not I’m okay, you’re okay titles, but pathways to achieving your own goals whatever they might be. Perhaps those are the same end point, but if you want to enact any significant changes it takes more than just making a New Year’s resolution. It takes actionable steps and a guide along the way. With that idea mind, I found these steps to be easy to follow and a solid foundation to move from. Most importantly, they made sense. What I am doing is breaking them down into smaller bites. By that I mean I am presenting them in smaller groups instead of as one whole piece. I found the whole list to be a bit daunting. However, each individual step was not too much to manage. For me, I read the whole thing and want to put it immediately into practice, and that is not the way to go. You need to give value, weight and time to each step. I hope these help.
It is important to note that the steps I am sharing are not my own device. They are the property and ideas of Brian Tracy. I provide a full set of links for you to learn more about and from him at the end of this post.
1 Decide exactly what you want in every key area of your life.
Start off by Idealizing. Imagine that there are no limitations on what you can be, have or do. Imagine that you have all the time and money, all the friends and contacts, all the education and experience that you need to accomplish any goal you can set for yourself. Imagine that you could wave a magic wand and make your life perfect in each of the four key areas of life. If your life was perfect in each area, what would it look like?
1. INCOME – how much do you want to earn this year, next year and five years from today?
2. FAMILY – what kind of a lifestyle do you want to create for yourself and your family?
3. HEALTH – how would your health be different if it was perfect in every way?
4. NET WORTH – how much do you want to save and accumulate in the course of your working lifetime?
Three Goal Method – in less than 30 seconds, write down your three most important goals in life, right now. Write quickly. Whatever your answer to this “Quick List Method” way of writing three goals it is probably an accurate picture of what you really want in life.
2 Write it down.
Your goals must be in writing. They must be clear, specific, detailed and measurable. You must write out your goals as if you were placing an order for your goal to be manufactured in a factory at a great distance. Make your description clear and detailed in every sense. Only 3% of adults have written goals, and everyone else works for them.
3 Set a deadline.
Your subconscious mind uses deadlines as “forcing systems” to drive you, consciously and unconsciously toward achieving your goal on schedule. If your goal is big enough, set sub-deadlines. If you want to achieve financial independence, you may set a 10 or 20-year goal, and then break it down, year by year, so that you know how much you have to save and invest each year.
If for some reason you don’t achieve your goal by the deadline, simply set a new deadline. There are no unreasonable goals, only unreasonable deadlines.
IMPORTANT: The steps listed here are wholly owned by Brian Tracy. I am only putting them here as I found them useful, and perhaps you will also. Should you want to hear more of Mr. Tracy’s ideas, here are a number of ways to find his information. I suspect you will find him very informative and inspiring.
Thank you to Carl Avadano, a long time friend and owner of Milestone Creative for introducing me to Mr. Tracy.