As summer comes to a close, you’re wondering where the year went. You had a list of big plans in January, but somehow, things haven’t worked out so well. Before you write off the last few months of the year, consider three easy ways to move forward with your goals:
1. Go for a quick win. What can you complete in a few hours that will get you closer to your goal? In January, I decided to declutter my house. This is something I had wanted to do for years. I thought I could complete the project in three months. Unfortunately, it takes more than 90 days to work through 30 years of stuff. One afternoon, I needed to throw some fire on the project. I did the linen closet. It was a small space. I completed it in a couple of hours and it gave me tremendous pleasure to know that I had made a step towards my big goal. Decide what you can do in a few hours or half a day to move closer to your goal.
2. Take one action every day. Regardless of what your goal is, decide that you are going to do something to get yourself closer to that goal every day. If you’re writing a book, write at least one paragraph a day. If you are starting a business, listen to a podcast every day. Find at least five minutes every day to do something. You will see that the momentum is going to propel you forward. As you spend a little time every day, you’re going to see progress, and you’ll be excited about working towards your goal the next day.
3. Act as if. Act as if you have already completed your goal. Starting a business? Call yourself an entrepreneur? Planning to lose 20 pounds? Don’t buy clothes in your current size unless you absolutely need them. Imagine the person you are becoming, and act as if you are that person. Back to my purging project, I act as if I have a clutter free home whenever I go shopping. If I don’t have a use for something, I don’t buy it. It doesn’t matter that it’s a good deal or that I “kinda” like it.
Don’t give up. It doesn’t matter if you’ve wanted to accomplish something for decades. You can still do it. What’s one thing that you can do today to make your dream a reality?