It seems that the men and women who succeed have established GOALS. The others that don't make, who are just as intelligent and talented, neglect this process. If you don't have a precise goal, how will you know when you get there? So here are the 8 dynamic steps to reach your goal THIS year.
Knowing WHERE you want to go demands that you do the effort of thinking it through.
Let's say that you want to go to a city that is 200 miles away. It might be useful that to have a map or GPS just to know what direction to take just to get out of your neighborhood or town.
As with any destination, you only see your goal in the last mile or two.
If you leave in the middle of a foggy night, you may not see more that 25 to 50 yards in front of you. But when those 50 yards are behind you the next fifty will be revealed to you. But that's OK. You know where you want to go!
He, who wants to see the whole trip in advance, has got a problem. It just doesn't work that way.
Some people who want to build their own money making blog never ever get started! They want to understand everything from A to Z before daring to get out of their 'comfort zone'. If they knew everything in advance, they would never get married nor have kids. What you do is, you get going, and you solve the problems as you go. Isn't that right?
Hey, it's fun travelling! The pleasure is in the trip, right?
People that succeed say it's 'both/and' not 'either/ or'
We often want contradictory things:
- I want the pleasure of being creative and independent but I don't want to take any risks.
- I want to travel around the world but I need to finish studying first.
Well you are right. It's not an "either/or" proposition but a "both/and". You can accomplish first one thing then the other. You need to decide what the priority is for now.
But you have to choose!
Each major decision narrows down your options. For example, if you decide to go and live in France for a while (like I did), you are likely to learn French and not Chinese (although who knows, if you end up in Chinatown...). And you may meet the woman or man of your life over there!
But nothing is definite. You can pause your studying for a while or continue over there. You may think that this trip will have a negative impact on your career, because your future employer may think it was a lost year. You haven't lost anything! The cultural and linguistic experience is worth gold in 'world-class' companies.
But the main thing is, as Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, said, "The greatest treasure a man has in life is to have a goal"
So here are 8 dynamic steps to reach your goal THIS year.
Choose what you want to accomplish THIS year. The first idea, that you may have dismissed immediately, may be the very idea you need to consider. You know, writing out a 'bucket list' of 50 things that you'd like to do before you die, is a great idea. If you advance in your project and you realize that you are on the wrong track or you made a mistake, well, just take another decision to correct it!
Write down your goals on a 3 by 5 card and read them several times a day to maintain enthusiasm. In France they say 'spoken words fly away and written words stay'. You are allowed to modify the goal if you need to or change the method for getting there. But the 5% of people, who really act on their goals, wrote them down.
Do you remember the boy in 'Chicken soup for the Soul' (Jack Canfield and Marc Victor Hansen)?
He had a term paper to do on what his dream was. So he applied himself to describe the 450 acre horse farm and the 2000 square foot house he would build someday. His teacher gave him an F saying that his dream was not at all realistic for a boy whose schooling was constantly interrupted because his father was an itinerant horse trainer who went from ranch to ranch. "Don't you know how much it costs to buy a race horse? Your family doesn't have the money. Change your dream, rewrite your paper and I may give you a better mark", said the teacher.
After thinking it over, the next day the boy handed back his term paper and said, 'You can keep the F, I'll keep my dream'.
He told this story long after, in front of the fireplace where his framed term paper was hanging. He had shown the 450 acre horse farm and his 2000 square foot house to a group of boys in difficulty who were camping on his grounds. It was his former teacher that had brought them. "Yes, I was someone who stole my student's dreams, but you had enough character to go after it."
But of course, we know that it was not just character. He had worked on his dream in great detail AND WROTE IT DOWN!
Decide on the date by which you are going to do this. If you don't decide to commit to a departure date you won't get you luggage ready. Many people say to me here in France, that they have always dreamed of going to Canada. I tell them, I've always dreamed of going to France. 'I came. Why have you not gone'? If you never get around to deciding a departure date, it's not a goal; it's just a 'sugar-candy' dream.
"The circumstances are written in sand but your goals are graven in marble"
If you are into building 'money making blogs', there might be some things that won't work out. But even if you get to only 20% of your money making goals with the first blog, you have already learned the basics. If you get the two most important things done out of 10 things you put on your list, at least you've done the two!
Even if you only make 500$ a month instead of the 2000$ you were hoping for, it's not enough, but you can go on a small holiday.
Just decide that, 'The circumstances are written in the sand, but your goal is written in marble'. Maybe you need another vehicle to get there. Now that you know how to do it, you can set up another blog in a 'niche' that might bring in 20000$ a month.
Time flies by very quickly. Review your goals in the light of these steps and not a one of them will escape you!
Like we discovered in the first three steps dynamic steps, people that want to build their own money making blog THIS year will want to write down what they see in their mind's eye. Like the boy who dreamed about having a horse farm, it's good to draw it out.
We saw that the people who succeed:
- Choose off their list what exactly they want to accomplish THIS year.
- They write it down somewhere and read it (out loud) several times a day.
- Decide on the date by which you are going to do this.
Now here are the last 5 dynamic steps to reach your goal THIS year
Write up a list of things to do. For example: In order to go to France for a six month stay (starting September 2014) I need... i) find out how much I need to live every month in France.
ii) Get my passport up to date. Do I need a visa?
iii) See if I can't do a 'house exchange' (www.planet-swap.com) with someone who wants come over here for the same period.
iv) I'll need to order some euros at the bank.
Transform this list into an action plan. Decide what your priority is. Choose the most important goals and leave aside, for now, those that can wait. The battle is almost won if you have a good plan. (And why not plan B or C or...)
At any rate a well-thought out plan is easier to follow than a foggy idea.
Do something right away. The tiniest action is worth much more than the greatest intention. Strike them off your list as you go and add things that you didn't think of before.
My father had me read a book in high school on how to be more efficient in studying. Like most, I put off writing my term papers to the last possible minute. I read this:
If you do right away what you have been putting off, and put your mind to getting it done at least 24 to 48 hours in advance, you will have the delicious feeling of a job well done and you won't have to think about it anymore.
If you wait to the last minute, the thing to be done will occupy space in your head without paying the rent. It will obsess you and you'll be in anguish and you'll be stressed out... And you STILL will have to do it!
It's better to execute a plan that is not perfect than to wait until you have a plan that is perfect.
Take a step every day in the direction of your goal. Check how you are progressing every week. If you have decided to get 30% more commission by prospecting 3 new clients every day after 5 pm, check them off your list. It's maybe good that a trusted (no nonsense) person keeps you in line by checking if you've done it. What do you think?
Choose a goal that is worthy of your best effort. When you look back later on what you are experiencing at this moment, do you want to say, that was my finest hour. Or will you regret that you didn't give it a serious try. If only I had fought like a tiger for my family, my future...
The last five steps were:
4) Write up a list of things to do.
5) Transform this list into an action plan.
6) Do something right away.
7) Take a step every day in the direction of your goal
8) Choose a goal that is worthy of your best effort.
Time is your most precious ally, so invest it in the direction of your goals. Review your goals in the light of these 8 steps and not a one of them will escape you!