We’re just over one week into the New Year. How are you doing on your progress toward your dreams? Are you already harried and hassled, frustrated and frazzled, disappointed and disillusioned, overawed and overwhelmed? Are you thinking about chucking it all—or perhaps you’ve already abandoned your dreams for the year?
No need to give up and throw in the towel for the year—or forever. You can still achieve your dreams. It’s just a matter of sitting quietly without disturbances and reviewing your week.
Your homework is to take the time to review your week. Think it through, just like you would if this was a project your boss gave you to take the lead on. Your life and your dreams are vitally important and deserve serious thought, serious attention, and serious efforts. Make sure they get it!
Answer the following questions:
Did I over-commit myself? If so, is there a way to delegate tasks and projects or to train someone (colleagues, your kids, your spouse) to take over projects and tasks for me? Which are the things to which I can “just say no”?
What went right? What did I do well? What tasks and projects were easy to get done? How can I take that success and apply the techniques to areas where I am experiencing difficulty?
Your frustration may come from the fact that the steps you’re trying to take are too large for the reality of your life—or you’re trying to take too many of them too fast. If you find this is true, remember that there is no time limit or expiration date on reaching your dreams. It’s okay to set a slow and steady pace. More often than not, if you study successful people, you’ll find that it was the very rare exception that were overnight successes—most of them took years, decades even, to achieve their dreams.
Remember, too, to break the steps into small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits. Taking a small, small step and a bit of step is what will ensure that you make steady progress toward your dreams.
Don’t give up—you can do this! I believe in you!
Most important of all, as you review, note the progress you made, the things you did well, the situations that worked to your advantage. It’s essential to applaud yourself for your progress and your achievements—no matter how insignificant they may seem. Every little bit counts because it all adds up and moves you that much closer to your dreams!
I’m so proud of you for your progress so far no matter how small or humble!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,