It’s great to have goals but sometimes life gets in the way and your dreams and goals can get pushed to the side. Don’t be discouraged by your busyness. Be empowered because you’re already doing a lot so you’re more than capable of pursuing your goals. Starting something new can always be overwhelming so start small but dream big.
When it comes to achieving goals, there isn’t a monumental moment of accomplishment but more so incremental and consistent baby steps. One rule I live by is, “What CAN I do?” When i focus on one thing in front of me that I CAN do right now and stop focusing on all the things I CAN’T do, things just get a little easier and more clear. I have giant goals and dreams but sometimes that’s overwhelming and I feel like I don’t have enough time, money and resources to do what I want. When I stop letting that overwhelm inform me and I just ask myself what I CAN do right now, one small thing to move me towards my direction, then I feel better, more accomplished and excited again instead of like I’m under a mountain of I CAN’TS.
Set loose rules for yourself
Once you choose to focus on one goal you need to make a specific plan. Nothing crazy but loose rules for yourself to say consistent with moving forward, in your own time. Set light rules for yourself every day or every week to accomplish a tiny part of that goal. Just one thing to move yourself forward. Sometimes it will be something creative and sometimes it’ll be as simple as giving yourself a reminder to make a phone call or jotting down a blog post idea. Do not burn yourself out by trying to squeeze too much work into a short period of time. You could become overwhelmed and abandon the goal. Small incremental steps will help you stay fresh and keep it fun and light. When something feels fun and light you’re more apt to stick to it. This process can also help you discover if you truly want to achieve that goal along the way. Sometimes we think we want something and as we try it and do it we realize it’s not what we thought it was and that’s okay.
Think outside the box
Experimenting and thinking outside of the box could lead you to another outcome that may be better than you could ever have anticipated. Being flexible with your goal will give you wiggle room on your journey to success. Another important thing is to reach out to others. It is perfectly fine asking someone to help you reach a goal. Divvying up the work can keep you refreshed and also give you an outsider’s perspective.
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Stay true to yourself
Remember that your timeline is your own. You cannot compare you chapter one to someone’s chapter thirty. Your timing is different from the person next to you and where they are compared to your timeline is not pertinent to yours. Some things might take longer for you to accomplish then the next person. Keep striving. It does not matter. What matters is that you are in control of accomplishing the goal or not. What matters is that you belief in yourself enough to do so and you just keep going.
Be good to yourself
The most important thing you can do for goals is take care of yourself. Address your needs and pursue things that make you happy. Maybe you have kids, a career, parents, and circumstances where you feel you can’t pursue a side hustle and achieve your dreams. But you can if you give yourself a break, make it small doable steps, be consistent, and set realistic goals for yourself. Take the weight and pressure of the rat race and throw it off your shoulders. You are in absolute control of your life and your dreams. You decide when your goals will be finished. You decide your future. Even if you can’t have a full on side hustle, so what, you can pursue a slow dance and make your own time line and create the life you want.
Confucius: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
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