Top Ten Steps to Pursuing Your Dreams in the New Year
Many people are not very successful in pursuing their dreams or with New Year’s Resolutions while other people seem to easily achieve whatever they choose to pursue. The question for each of us is “How can I make it happen for me?”
1. Recognize & Celebrate Your Successes Of This Past Year
Take your time, sit back & reflect on the last 12 months on what are your achievements & write them down. Include items like “I watched less television” or “I was less bothered by …” etc. Then once you have your list, take some time to show your pleasure & pride with your successes. You deserve it. We often take our successes for granted & yet this is a key step in having the confidence to take on new challenges. Pick an activity or a way to celebrate that is right for you.
2. Identify Your Dreams For This Upcoming Year
Create 3-6 specific & short statements that identify what you really want. Then reflect & write down 2-4 sentences on what it will be like when you have achieved each of these goals. Be as descriptive as you can. Put this information somewhere you can pull out readily throughout your day.
3. Identify Your Key Steps You Will Take In The Next 3 Months That Will Move You Towards Your Dreams
You may prefer more broad strategic statements or you may prefer very specific tasks — either way is fine — select the approach that is right for you. Check that the steps you have selected are doable during this timeframe.
4. Commit To Yourself Daily That These Key Steps Are Your Priorities For Change During This Time
Other opportunities will come your way & you will need to choose if you will be distracted or not. You may want to review the material you prepared for item #2 on a daily basis to remind yourself why these key steps are so important for you.
5. Secure The Support That You Need To Be Successful
We can be a lot more successful if we share our desires with someone we trust. This could be your friend, family member, or personal development coach. You may want more than one person’s support. You may also need some tools to help you out as a daily reminder in your day timer or calendar.
6. Action Your Key Steps
This is the most important step of all. Take that first step — it’s amazing how much enthusiasm & confidence you have for other items once you have a win or two.
7. Track Your Progress On A Regular Basis
This may be on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis — you choose what’s right for you. The key here is to keep track of your wins & look at your next ones to take. This aids in momentum.
8. Keep Your Cool — Remember That Life Still Goes On
At times, you may get overwhelmed with all you want to get done & that you may simply not have sufficient time in your day for everything. Be kind to yourself. I hear “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. You may also need to reduce or eliminate something temporarily or permanently that takes a lot of your time but is less important than your key steps. You may need to reduce the number of key steps you take at this time.
9. Celebrate Your Successes
It is really important that you celebrate your successes. It may be through writing yourself a congratulations letter with full details of what the accomplishments were & how you feel about it. Or it could be taking a nice, quiet bath where you pamper yourself. Choose to celebrate in a way that you will appreciate.
If you have chosen some big goals/dreams, you may not have them fully realized in the first 3 months, so you will need to repeat steps 3-9.