Do you get the feeling (more than often) that there is more, much more, to your life than your current situation? However, the aim always seems to be just about out of reach? It doesn’t matter how hard you try and stretch to reach that goal, it stays the proverbial dangling carrot.
After being showed the door, or to put it realistically been made redundant, yours truly got it in his head to tackle the bull by the horns and set out working for himself. Especially since after about 20 years I believed I gave the 9-5 environment a damn good go. This scenario is nothing new within the world we live in nowadays. I am sure quite a few of you will be able to resonate with such a consequence.
The big question is: can You make it work? Can You do it? So many times the reply from individuals is… not sure… don’t really know if I have it in me… I better not try – will just fail miserably... etc..
Stop right there for a second. I personally believe that You Can. It is very possible. One can overcome hurdles and that can change everything in life.
WHERE TO START YOUR JOURNEY
We all have a multiple of ideas in our heads. Those ideas can and are also called dreams. It is one thing to dream the dream and a complete different thing to achieve them. The good news is that it is not just possible it is also achievable.
Grant yourself the time to make sure your ideas are realistic. In other words, take the time to set yourself goals. As mentioned in a previous post (Kick Start the 2017 Kick-Off), goals should be SMART, where the word is an anagram for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
HOW TO WALK THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Planning what you want is however the easiest part of your future. Moving to the next step is when you need to put shoulder to the wheel and do the work.
Whilst recently reading A Better Lemonade Stand I came across their Manifesto – which inspired me to write this post. In this short, but very powerful synopsis they nailed the issues regarding reaching your ultimate goals in life and work.
I stand 110% by the Manifesto so let me share my thoughts with you:
Start - as mentioned, don’t just dream, begin by setting out a plan.
Move - take a step forward and keep doing it regularly.
Work - even if it seems tough, remember you’re doing it for yourself.
Setbacks - all of us in life fail over and over. See failure as motivation.
Blame - do not do it, be responsible for your own decisions.
Give up - don’t even consider it. Learn how to cross barriers.
Decisions - go for the tough choices and discover awesomeness.
It’s worth reading the full explanation. Not just once, but treat yourself and give it quite a few good reads. Let it sink in and then read it again. Then Challenge Yourself.
As far as I’m concerned the most important moment should be when you take a stand and decide that you want to chase your dream – in other words, taking the first step forward. This is what is called Taking Action. Influencers all over the world will tell you that sitting back and just thinking about plans are not enough. We all have to get up and get going. A Dream without a Plan is just a Wish.
Don’t give up at the first hurdle. I see setbacks, criticism and fear as motivation to keep going and get better at it than what I was yesterday. Don’t Quit – Do It.