Monday, December 3, 2012

Take Action: Making Your Business Daydreams Happen


Why Wait? Take Action Now!

As I write this, the old year is coming to a close and the New Year is waiting for us to make big changes and resolutions - and achieve great success. But something you need to realize is that EVERY DAY is waiting for big changes. Every moment is the moment you can achieve great success. It can be overwhelming, yet it can also be exciting. Here are a few tips to help you get motivated for the New Year or next week or this afternoon.

1. Reflect


Take a good look back at all of the things you've accomplished. Make a list of your achievements and don't hesitate to list even the smallest accomplishment. See how much you are capable of? Just think how much more you can accomplish when you set your new goals.

2. Dream


Find a quiet spot and daydream. Take some time to close your eyes and visualize your future. For example, if you want to publish a book, then imagine how your life will be as a published author. Visualize as if you've already published the book. Once you have the daydream solidly formed in your imagination, write it down. Do this exercise for all of your big goals. Visualization is a powerful motivator. You could also create boards on Pinterest that reflect each goal.

3. Plan 


Yes, you need to plan. No groaning!
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
So open that calendar and start creating goals and the plans to achieve them. Establish deadlines to make the goals more realistic and part of your daily life.

Start taking action on those goals right away. Don’t wait for the end of the year to begin taking action. If you have the motivation, there's no time like the present. Do it now, or you will lose that drive and this goal will just remain a dream and become forgotten.

4. Brainstorm the Possibilities


"Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"  Dr. Seuss Mind maps are a great way to grow a plan. Beginning with your goal in the center of the page, you create spokes that link to your central idea. Each spoke can be an action that needs to be accomplished in order too reach your goal. Add more spokes to those spokes. Break each goal down into small steps that can easily be managed. Then add each step to your calendar and don't forget those deadlines!

Sometimes looking at your goal can be overwhelming. By breaking the steps down into small bites, you can focus on what needs to be done one step at a time.

5. Celebrate


Finally, take some time to celebrate the fact that you are taking action. Look at your goals, mind maps, and calendar. Put them up where you can see them every day. Enjoy all that you've already accomplished and all the amazing things that you will continue to accomplish. Sometimes remembering who you are and what you’re about is motivation enough to continue down your path.

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