Have you ever been around one of those people who seems to accomplish everything they set out to do?
You know, the one who seems to be successful no matter what they attempt?
If you think it has to do with luck, you probably aren’t seeing the whole picture.
Sure, some people simply inherit success as it falls into their laps, but that is rare.
More often than not, the people you see with all of the great things have set goals, created plans, worked hard and made their dreams come true!
“A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline.”
Attributed to Napoleon Hill, this quote marries the visionary tendencies with the practicality of getting things done.
It takes the idea of hopes and aspirations, and puts them down where the rubber meets the road.
Goals create tangible connections between pipe dreams and reality.
Instead of sitting around and passively waiting for our dreams to happen to us, goals provide us with the ability to actively make those dreams come true.
First, we need to let ourselves dream freely and with passion.
If your dream is something you can already do, then it’s not really a dream.
Don’t be afraid to let the visions for what you want out of the future go deep and wide. Even if it sounds absurd to someone else.
No matter how audacious and unrealistic your dreams might seem at the moment, don’t let others talk you out of them . Reach for the stars!
But in order to reach your dreams, you’ll need to set goals and work hard.
Goals are like roads signs pointing us in the right direction of our hopes.
Think of a dream as the final destination at the end of the road.
Your goals are a series of milestone markers along the way that allow you to get there.
When we set goals, we look toward the end result of what we want, break it down into manageable steps, and put a specific plan of action in place.
Goals are the actionable steps that determine how and when we will accomplish what we have envisioned.
They put us on the right path, opening doors that eventually lead us down the path toward our dreams.
If your dream is the destination on your map, your goals are the small steps that you take every day to get there.
Inevitably, goals will include daily tasks that are actionable and measurable.
In order to succeed, we must break big dreams down into smaller goals with a timeline in place.
For instance, if your goal is to start your own business by next year, then your actionable steps might include education or training, building a team, or securing finances.
Completing these smaller goals within a certain time frame is critical to moving forward in the right direction.
Stay motivated in smaller tasks by regularly reminding yourself of the big dreams and celebrating the victory of each milestone!
Even if no one else believes in you, don’t listen to the naysayers.
In fact, when you wholeheartedly believe that you will succeed, you’ll be well on your way to living out your dreams.
Before you know it, you’ll be the person that everyone looks at who has accomplished exactly what you’ve set out to do!