Set Realistic Goals, Then Take Action
The key to setting goals you can realistically accomplish it to place your marker for success just out of reach and tie it to what you really value and desire in life. Remember to include your learning and ramp-up phase in your goals, as well.
What do you need to learn or learn how to do before you can start reaching for your ultimate dreams?
Change is a process, so how long will it take you to work up to the speed at which you will succeed? Remember that your journey will be the accumulation of many small steps, so how long, realistically, will it take you to achieve your ultimate dream?
When constructing your plan, allow for setbacks and slides. Changing behavior can be volatile.
It takes mental and physical energy, and we all know that those can come and go with the complexities of everyday life. Minimize this by working on one goal at a time.
Some questions to ask yourself when creating your plan of action include:
• What resources will you need to fulfill your plans?
• How will you start the reinvention process? How will you know when you are done?
• What major decisions will need to be made along your transformational journey?
• What smaller habits and routines need to change for you to reach your goal?
• What milestones will you be looking for along the way, and how will you honor reaching these?
• How are you going to track your progress?
• What sacrifices might you need to make along the way?
• What resources are at your disposal for overcoming obstacles or managing disappointments?
• What is a realistic time-frame for accomplishing what you want to achieve?
Plans are important, but it is essential you are prepared that things will go wrong. Nothing ever runs entirely according to plan, so prepare for your reinvention journey by being ready for these challenges.
Think about what could go wrong, how you could be holding yourself back, and ways you have sabotaged your own progress in the past.
Watch out for sabotaging behaviors. These include making excuses for yourself, allowing emotional upheavals to control your actions, negative self-talk, reinforcing limiting beliefs on yourself, and not holding yourself accountable for your choices and behaviors. Have a plan for how you’ll deal with these setbacks, and you’ll be more likely to overcome them.
While plans are necessary and important, it’s even more critical that you do something. Take action today. Do something every single day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Doing something, even if it doesn’t work the first time, is always better than doing nothing at all.
Set The Stage For Success
Change comes by altering your behaviors, routines, and habits. You will need to develop positive and constructive behaviors to help you change those that have been holding you back. Establishing these new routines will help you alter your thinking and emotions, too, which is crucial when reinventing yourself.
New habits are what put you in the position to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way and may even help create opportunities for you to achieve your dreams. If you are looking for a long-term partner, for example, simply saying you want to fall in love isn’t enough.
Having the right mindset about being with someone else isn’t enough either. You must be willing to do something that increases your chances of meeting new people and finding a partner. You need new habits that will make it more likely that you can fall in love.
Your reinvention plan is really, then, a plan to cultivate and adopt the new habits that will help you change yourself. This is another reason why reinventing yourself takes time and requires daily dedication.
To set yourself up for success when adopting these new habits, you need to be honest with yourself about how long it will really take for you to change these behaviors. This will help you layout a realistic timeline and keep you motivated because you will know what to expect.
Keep your eye to the future with your feet firmly grounded in today. It’s not enough to be action oriented or be able to dream big. You have to be able to do. At the same time.
Focus on what you can control and let the rest go. You can’t control everything, so don’t waste your time worrying about those factors. Pick small hurdles on days when you have less energy, but don’t step off the path, or you might not get back on.