Chasing down your dreams can be a daunting task. And while there may be hundreds of ways to get started, I’ve come up with 7 steps that I believe everybody can use to get started. My job is to help people with their health & fitness goals but these steps can be applied to any type of goal you have. I suggest you set goals in several key areas of your life and apply these steps to each key area. Don’t tread lightly when it comes to chasing down your dreams. Go ALL OUT. I hope these 7 steps will help you on your journey, keep you from making a lot of the mistakes I have made, and encourage you to dream big. God didn’t create you to have puny dreams.
1. Determine Your Present Position
Before you embark on chasing your dreams, it’s important to determine your present position in life. Ask yourself questions like: “Where am now?” (Relationally, physically, emotionally, financially, etc.) And “What exactly would I like to change?” Take your time answering these questions and make an honest assessment of your present state.
2. Describe Exactly What You Want
If you don’t have a dream, goal, or challenge in life than you’re just drifting through life. It’s important not to think of barriers during this step. Don’t confuse the decision making process with the problem solving process. Just focus on what exactly you want. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:
1. What do I want to be?
2. What do I want to do?
3. What do I want to have?
4. WHY do I want it? (most important)
Remember the strength of your WHY will keep you going when times get tough. DREAM BIG. Most people set goals to low and try to accomplish them too quickly. Make goals so big that it will take the rest of your life to accomplish them.
3. Identify All the Barriers
Now that you know exactly what it is you want (decision making) it’s time to start identifying what’s stopping you (problem solving). Why don’t you have it already? Take your time and write down ALL the barriers that are stopping you from getting what you want.
4. Create a Step by Step Plan
You know where you’re at. You know what you want to do. You know what’s in your way. Great! Now put together a game plan. Determine how you intend to get where you want to be and how long it will take. I suggest you start by making a simple list of steps. Remember simple does not mean easy. The difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. So set a deadline for each step and then stick to it! A great way to help you stick to your deadline is to attach a reward to each deadline. For example, if you goal is weight loss then maybe your reward is to treat yourself to that new dress you’ve been wanting once you reach a certain deadline. Next organize your steps, deadlines, & rewards into a schedule. Don’t make it a daunting task but the more detailed the better!
5. Be Patient & Persistent
“The Tortoise and the Hare” is one of the greatest books every written about success. Everything in our culture tells us that we should have everything and we should have it all right now. It’s just not true. Chances are you didn’t get in to the mess you’re in overnight. Don’t expect to get out of it overnight. I always tell my boot campers to “Embrace the Grind”. Progress is a process. It’s not going to be easy. There are no shortcuts. In fact, it’s going to be a long & hard fought battle. The sooner you embrace this fact the more you will be patient & persistent with your goals.
6. Enlist a Team for Support
Build a team! Share your goals and dreams with people you trust and will hold you accountable (doesn’t have to be a lot of people). Get mentors and wise counsel. Seek people who have done what you want to do and ask them to be your mentor. This is a hard one for you lone wolves like me but remember: YOU’RE NOT THE LONE RANGER! (He always had Tonto with him anyways).
7. PAY THE PRICE
Great goals take great sacrifice. At the end of the day, you get in what you put in. Questions you need to seriously consider: What will it COST to reach this dream? (Not just financially) What am I willing to give? Is it WORTH it?Remember……A dream is just a dream until you WAKE UP and goes to work. Get busy.
I am praying for all of you to be successful at whatever it is you are trying to achieve. I am still a work in progress myself, but I try to apply these principles and live a life that inspires others to chase down their dreams as well.
Verse to Remember: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Galatians 6:9
What are some other steps to getting where you want to be?
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