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.
This past weekend there was a Survivorman marathon on TV featuring Les Stroud, survivalist expert. This time he was spending a week with an indigenous tribe in Africa. He didn’t know their language and, of course, they did not know English. Naturally, there was no TV, radio, Internet, or other type of entertainment…other than him. In the evenings, the tribespeople would sit and stare at him, watching his every move. He said that you can’t let people staring at you freak you out or you’ll never survive.
That got me to thinking….
The same is true when you go for your goals and dreams. People will stare at you. Some will be watching you, cheering you on and getting excited over every little bit of progress you make. Others will politely ask how you’re coming along on your goals and dreams—and they’re interested in you and what you’re doing—but they’re so wrapped up in their own hectic lives that they might not really notice what’s going on with you.
There will be a small group, though, that will watch you, looking for mistakes and goof-ups. These are the people whose close scrutiny might cause you to second-guess yourself and you might falter as a result. But you can’t let that happen. As Les Stroud says, you have to learn how to handle people watching you, especially the ones who might be secretly—or not so secretly—wishing that you’d stumble.
Your homework today is to make a list of what you will do when you are in the limelight or getting more attention than you’re used to. Think about the people you might see. Have handy some subjects that are safe.
For instance with the people who are watching you for missteps, perhaps, when they ask about your goals and dreams, you’ll want to have some general statements handy such as saying that you’re making progress or perking along, and then turn the conversation back to them. Ask them about projects they’re working on or things that they’re interested in. Keep turning the conversation back to them—keep it off of yourself.
With the other two groups of people—the ones who typically cheer you on and the ones who are interested but busy—you can have a few exciting anecdotes or a funny story handy to share with them. And, it’s always a great idea to ask them about themselves and what they’ve been up to!
The following are thoughts on goals from people who have achieved theirs:
The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
A winner is someone who recognized his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.
~Paul J. Meyer
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.
Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.
~Mary Kay Ash
Your homework today is to choose one of these quotes, one that resonates with you—or another one that’s a favorite. Keep it handy and refer to it throughout the day. Think about it, let its wisdom sink into your psyche and your bones. Make the quote your own!