The great Nelson Mandela once said, “It’s always impossible until it is done!” When you think about it, this is an absolutey true statement. How many times have you considered a dream or an idea an impossible feat and then months or years later become astonished that you actually achieved what you first thought impossible? It happens every day!
One of the keys to success is to turn the impossible into possible by taking one step at a time. You may not be able to build Rome in a day, but over time Rome can be built!
How do we achieve success of our impossibilities?
1. Set the goal.
A goal is the end toward which effort is directed. It is where you desire to focus and aim your actions. Goals are the the starting point of realizing a big dream. Goals establish the roadmap to success.
2. Write it down! There is power in the written word.
That which is written gets done. There is magic to writing your goals down. It’s an act that marries mental and physical commitment. Written goals create a contract between you and the dream. Once written, the universe begins to make space for that thing to happen.
3. Break the goal down into smaller action items.
Once the goal is formed and then written, it’s time to take action. In order to achieve big dreams, you must break the big dream down into smaller and more manageable action items. These action items form your daily to do list. Place some action related to your goal on you calendar daily. Take small steps each day toward achieving some aspect of your goal. If your goal is to travel Europe, then a daily action could be to add $20 to the vacation pot, or it could be to contact your travel agent. Bottom line, in order to be successful at achieving your goal, small action items should appear on your daily to do list. This will help you achieve your goal.
4. Keep the plan in front of you.
Never write the plan and stick it in a drawer. In order to be achieved, you must have a daily reminder in front of you. Create a vision board that has pictures and other items to remind you of what you are looking to achieve. The vision board will help keep you accountable to your goal. It will also help to keep you focused and on track.
6. Reassess periodically to make certain you are on course.
When runners are in a race, they establish break points where they can stop for a bfief moment, catch their breath and assess where they are in the race. Goal achievement is like running a race. You need breaking points that will allow you so slow down for just a moment, review where you are, and map the remaining course. Break your goal timeline into quarters. As you reach each quarterly mark, reassess, adjust and move forward.
7. Solicit help and rally the team.
One mistake we make is believing we have to go it alone. With a team, you are able to accomplish more faster. Rally your team of individuals who care about you and your goal. Solicit their support and assistance in areas where they can help.
8. Feed the need for instant gratification by celebrating accomplishments, large AND small, along the way.
Rejoice and celebrate each and every step you accomplish along the pathway toward your goal. This will keep you energized and excited about reaching the finish line.
Before long you will look back and realize the impossible became possible! Anything you set your mind to do can be done!
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