Take Action and Turn Your Dreams into Reality
Written By: Sara Jensen
What comes to mind when you hear the word goals? Having goals can be so generalized. However, goals can be truly beneficial in helping you continue to move forward with your hopes and dreams. What is your “big picture” idea for yourself? Think 6 months out, what in your life would you like to see movement in? Now ask yourself what is one thing I can do this week to work toward that big picture goal?
Short term (generally 2- week goals) are very important in helping you become successful with your “big picture” of where you want to be. Changing everything at once can lead to frustration and disappointment. Accepting the fact that change takes time and allowing yourself small changes along the way will not only build your confidence but also lead to greater success with your “big picture” plan for yourself.
Many of you have already heard the term S.M.A.R.T. goals, but it does bear repeating here, as it is a great reminder to keep goals realistic and achievable. You know yourself best and you know what you truly want to change, so be real about it and allow yourself the time to really make some new habits a reality.
The S.M.A.R.T. goals acronym stands for:
Specific-Be very specific with what you want to do.
Measurable- Journaling, logging electronically, using a calendar are all ways to keep track of what you are working on. Find what works for you and stick with it.
Action-based- Goals should keep you moving forward with your plans.
Realistic- Be real with yourself, don’t minimize your potential, we are all capable of so much more than we even realize.
Time-bound- As mentioned above, create a long-term, “big picture” vision (6 months to one year) and then set short term (2-week goals) to help you move toward your goal.
What is your “big picture” goal? Paint it in your mind first and then write it down. Go for it and truly learn to enjoy the process. Anything is possible with a good plan in place. You may just be surprised at what you can achieve when you are intentional about working toward your goals.