As 2014 comes to a close, take a moment and pause to reflect on the year. You may think of the things that you “coulda, shoulda, woulda” done–or not done. Put those to the side. Instead, remember the accomplishments you had, no matter how small or humble. Applaud yourself for these–especially the small steps and tiny bits of steps. While it’s wonderful to move toward your dreams with leaps and bounds, it’s the small, slow, steady bits of forward movement that gets you to your dream life.
Celebrate this–you done good!
Congratulations on all your forward progress in 2014!
What are you planning to do differently in 2015 that will ensure that you move toward your goals and dreams rather than just maintaining the status quo?
Your homework today is to thoroughly think through the answers to the following questions:
How will you hold your feet to the fire—make sure that you’re taking regular steps toward your goals and dreams? Will you meet regularly with a trusted friend or group of friends—like a Master Mind Group—where you can support one another in your quest to achieve your dreams?
Will you post on your bathroom mirror your dreams, the goals that’ll get you there, and the action steps along the way? Will you keep a record or journal of your thoughts and ideas about your goals and dreams as you learn more?
How will you measure your progress—how will you know you’re getting closer to your dreams?
Will you keep a spreadsheet of the action steps that’ll get you to your dreams and then cross them off as you complete each one?
How will you hold yourself accountable? Will you work with a trusted friend or family member by telling them what you want to accomplish each week and then reporting to them at the end of the week?
What payoff will you give yourself for working consistently and persistently toward your goals and dreams? How will you reward yourself for the steps you have taken and the progress you have made, no matter how humble or small?
Answering these questions will help you make sure you have an exciting and successful 2015!
We’ve spent this month thinking about our dreams and selecting the goals that will get us there. Now, let’s spend these last few days of 2014 thinking about what we’re going to do differently in 2015—and resolve to follow through—so that we don’t have a repeat of previous years.
Probably the most important thing we can do is follow yesterday’s quote from Elaine, my mom: You do what you’ve got to do when you’ve got to do it.
Your homework is to break tasks into small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits. This will make it much easier to do what you gotta do when you gotta do it!
You do what you’ve got to do when you’ve got to do it.
~Elaine, my mom
Today’s quote is the key to making your dreams come true: doing what you have to do when you have to do it.
Procrastination, putting things off, dragging your feet, or waiting for better timing will not help you achieve your dreams. But doing what needs doing when it needs doin, will get you to your dream life.
Your homework today is to do what you’ve got to do when you’ve got to do it.
By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved—and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles, and losses—you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgement and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.
Your homework today is to be proud of yourself—how far you’ve come and who you are becoming—because of your pursuit of your goals and dreams.