Stuck in a rut? Doing a job that you hate? Want to be something better? Nothing is impossible. Sure, it does seem impossible what with all the hard work and patience that come along with whatever you need to change your life for better entails, but in the end, it will all be worth it.
Visualize. What do you really want in life? Make sure that you know what it is inside and out. Do you want to ow a successful business? Research everything about it. Cut out magazines or download pictures that would help you envision your desires. You should be able to see yourself in your head in the situation that you want. This will inspire you to make the changes you want. If you want, you can even keep a scrapbook or a file of your “dreams” which you can look at everytime you need hope and encouragement to go on.
Plan. Once you get a clear picture of what you want to be or where you want to be, then it’s time to make a plan to make sure you make that dream into a reality. Sure you have a big goal, but to reach that big goal, you need to break them into smaller ones. Be specific. Some tasks can be done simultaneously. Some tasks can only be done after you’ve finished with some.For example, you wish to pursue a career in fiction writing, then plan it.:
- Buy a laptop.
- Expose oneself to different writing styles (a.k.a. Read!)
- Attend writing seminars and workshops.
- Write 2 hours/5 pages a day.
- Write 4 hours/10 pages a day.
- Write one short story a week.
- Write six short stories a week.
- Publish 3 short stories.
- Write a novel.
- Get an agent.
- Publish a novel.
Just remember that your goals and the tasks you need to get to your goal must be realistic. Don’t forget to set a deadline for your milestones too. Keep your plans flexible so that it won’t kill you if setbacks happen.
Act. Now it’s time for the most difficult part – making everything happen. The reason why you have to set realistic goals is so you can actually accomplish them. Not being able to reach a milestone can be very depressing and discouraging. So with realistic goals which you can accomplish, you have nothing else to do but keep on working your plan. Keep a chart of your accomplishments and see yourself leaping from one goal to the next.
Support. Get support from friends, family, and other people. If you need to get a life coach, then by all means, do so. These people will help you focus on your goals. They will also help encourage you during the times when you are down. You are not alone in this.
Reward. Yes. It depends on you on how you want to reward yourself. You did a good job, so why deprive yourself of the satisfaction?