Archive for December, 2010
Achieve Your Dream
You have a dream that you have always wanted to achieve. You pull it out to think about whenever times get bad. Yet, you’ve never taken any action on the goal at all.
Why not? Is it because you are afraid you’ll fail? Is it because you have been laughed at? WHY haven’t you done something to accomplish your dream? Well, today is THE day! Take fifteen minutes to do the following exercise to help clarify your goal.
Breaking Through the Barriers
Find a timer. Set it for ten minutes. Get a pad and pen. Now, for the next ten minutes I want you to list ALL the obstacles that are in the way of you achieving your goal. List ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that comes to mind.
Now, take the list. Look at it with an objective eye. Pretend that a friend has come to you with the list about his/her dream. Which obstacles would you tell them to mark off because they aren’t really obstacles? Then mark them off. Which obstacles are real and not just in your head? Think about them. Rank them in order of how hard they will be to overcome.
Set the timer for 10 more minutes. Now, pick the least hard obstacle. Brainstorm for the entire ten minutes of ways you could overcome the obstacle. Then pick one of those ways and do it today.
For example,if the obstacle is no education, then look up the number of your local community college and call to find out which classes it offers and how you enroll. Take an action step. Dreaming is like a car, but action is the gas that gets you where you need to go.
Get Started Today
Start now on the path of achieving your dream. Tomorrow is a vision; today is a present. Use the present to move toward the vision. You can do it. All it takes is the first step!
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Journaling Your Way to Success
One of the things that helps me stay focused and committed to my goals and dreams is keeping a success journal. A success journal is just what it sounds like – a record of your accomplishments.
It seems so simple, yet it is an effective tool for changing your life. If you keep track of what you’ve done right, it is easier to hang on when it seems like everything is falling apart around you.
How do you start a success journal?
1. List successes you had in school. Were you on the honor roll? Did you start a club? Look through your files. Do you have copies of achievement certificates? List anything you can remember!
2. Think of things that you do right in your relationships. Do you help others? Have you made someone smile today?
3. What have you done right at work? What things have you done to help the bottom line?
4. Think of obstacles that you have overcome.
5. Enlist a friend to help. Sometimes it is easier for us to remember our failures.
If you take the time to remember and record your successes, you have a powerful tool to keep yourself on track. Keeping track of your successes is one way to sure that you have more of them! We get what we focus on.