The most powerful thing you can do to improve your confidence, your outlook on life, and to truly believe you can achieve your dreams is to get things done. No waiting, no dragging your feet, and no excuses: get it done.
Break steps down into small pieces and tiny bits. Choose one. Complete it. Cross it off your To Do list. Then choose another one. Complete that. Cross that one off your list, then choose another…. You get the idea: get it done!
Keep getting things done and very soon you will find that you’ve achieved your dream! Yay you!
Your homework today is to get it done. Work quickly and get it done. Cross it off your To Do list: get it done!
Joy Stealers: we all have them. They’re people who outright tell us we’re dumb or weird for loving our dreams and going for them—or they’re the ones telling us we’re doing it all wrong.
But the worst joy stealers, though, are the ones who are very subtle about it. They seem happy for us and that they’re supportive of our quest but, after spending time with them, somehow the starch is taken out of our sails. We’re not so hepped up about our dreams anymore and we’re beginning to question ourselves and wonder if this was ever such a good idea to begin with.
Let me set the record straight: we all have what it takes to achieve our dreams! As long as we’re persistently and consistently taking steps toward our dreams, we will get there!
Your homework today has several parts. First, put aside time where you can think and plan. Consider the people in your life and note the ones who are joy stealers—the obvious ones as well as those more subtle. If you can’t move these people out of your life, then limit your contact with them. You can do this through not spending time with them, of course, but also, when you are with them, directing the conversation and just not giving them an opportunity to offer their version of “friendly advice”.
Secondly, plan your week ahead. Be realistic about what you can accomplish—remember that small regular advances are better than an occasional leap!
The last part of your homework is to celebrate! Feel good about the progress you’ve made, the insights you’ve had this week. WooHoo! Yay you!
You have what it takes to achieve your dreams. Keep taking steps, keep moving forward bit by bit. You’ll get there; I know you will!
You were made for this! You were created intentionally, including the Small Still Voice and Vision inside you that was tuned to you specifically. You and your dream have been tailor made for each other!
You are in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way. Take the next step!
Your destiny cannot be stopped as long as you keep taking steps toward it. No one and no thing is more powerful than you. As long as you keep taking regular measured action toward your dreams, you cannot be stopped.
Expect success! It’s guaranteed as long as you keep taking steps toward your dreams and your destiny.
You are the right gender, the right size and shape, the right age. Innately, you have the right abilities, the right smarts, and the right strengths. You are just right, just the way you are. You can achieve your dreams—keep moving forward!
Your homework today is to stand in front of your mirror and with a big smile and a lot of enthusiasm, say these statements to yourself. If you feel more comfortable putting them into your own words, then feel free to do so.
The second part of your homework is to take the next step! Break it into small pieces and tiny bits and move forward.
Here are a few quick pep-uppers that I’ve found helpful:
~Babies and children playing, laughing, and having a good time—some of the best sounds in the whole world! For me, this is a no-fail way to feeling better. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face and remind me that all is basically right with the world. If you don’t have children of your own or there aren’t children in your neighborhood, then the Internet is a good source of videos of babies laughing.
~Beautiful scenery. Sometimes I’ll take a drive through pretty areas of my town and the surrounding area. If I can’t do this, then images and videos on the Internet of beautiful landscapes are a good substitute. Oftentimes these are paired with inspiring music and uplifting messages. Also, your library has many books of beautiful images that you can borrow using your library card!
~Silly antics of people and pets. I can recall lots of goofy things I’ve done over the years that will get me smiling and laughing in no time. If you can’t think of anything for yourself then, once again, the Internet to the rescue! There are loads of these kinds of postings on the Web!
~Music I enjoy. It’s helpful to pair this one with movement, even simply tapping your toes or bobbing your head. The movements don’t have to be dance steps; small, free-form movements are just fine!
~Pep words and phrases combined with movement. This gives them a kick that you don’t get otherwise. Here are a few pep phrases that get me through the moment: This, too, shall pass; All is well; Just one more step; Yes to me; Let it go; I am still me; keep going; There’s more to me than this. Here are a few pep words: Strong; Vibrant; Smart; Zest; Vim and vigor; Yes/No (depending upon the situation); Thank you; Grit; Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.
~Making sure I’m warm enough—or cool enough. This sounds surprising but I’ve found that sometimes my mood can be improved by putting on a sweater or sitting in front of a fan or air conditioner—even if I didn’t think I was feeling chilly or too warm! An unconventional solution, I know, but it has helped!
Your homework today is to try some of these techniques when you need a lift. Also, make a list of things you like to do that help you feel better. Keep the list handy for those times when you need a pep-upper!
You can do it, I’m sure of it!
Share in the comments section some things that have perked you up.
“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” (my emphasis added)
— Steve Jobs, Apple Co-founder
In order to reach your dreams, you must say “No!” Of course this means saying no to people and projects that hold no interest for you or that take you away from your path.
But it’s more than that.
It’s also saying “No!” to yourself.
You are a multi-talented person; many things capture your interest and imagination. In order to do any of them well, you must spend a lot of time and concentrated effort on them. To master a thing, it requires practicing, trial and error, and trying again. As a result, you must say “No” to all the rest, even things you find very enjoyable.
Your homework is to say “No” to yourself. Find the one thing that you can focus on—the thing that brings you pleasure, satisfaction, and fulfillment. If it isn’t already, make this your dream and then go about systematically pursuing it.
This doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy the other things in which you have an interest. It just means these other things are not going to be your primary focus. You’ll enjoy them when you have some down time or you want to relax.
Say “No” to yourself. Notice how your focus sharpens and the pathway to your dreams becomes clearer.
Fashion a routine that enables you to quickly and easily capture ideas, no matter how zany and no matter how tiny of a fragment they might be. If you leave it to memory, certain that you’ll be able to recall it, you are not respecting the rare gems and nuggets of gold that these thoughts can be for you. Capture those ideas before they evaporate like mist in the morning sun—and you know they will disappear.
Technology makes it very easy to do this. Smartphones come with recorders and if your phone doesn’t have this pre-loaded then I am sure there is a free app out there for it! You can purchase voice recognition software so you can dictate memos into your computer. Also, you can purchase recording units that can download files to your computer. There are so many options available. Of course there’s good old-fashioned pencils and paper.
Your homework today is to come up with a system of capturing and cataloging your ideas for easy retrieval. I keep a small notebook handy where I jot notes, ideas, thoughts, to-do lists, and the like. Periodically, I go through them and pull out the good ideas and put them into a file in my computer. Also, as I do this, I sometimes find an idea that turns out to be the solution to a problem I’d been working on. Most times I’d forgotten about that idea and, without my notebook system, it would have taken me much longer to “figure it out”.
I know you can do this for yourself—go for it!
Post in the comments section about the idea-capturing system that works for you.