I know the pain of living at a level that you know is beneath you, while everyone else seems to move past you at the speed of light.
I know the frustration of living in lack, while what you want seems an arm’s distance away. I’ve been there in life, in love and in my finances. This drives my mission to help others kick life into high gear by helping them pursue their dreams.
I recently launched a new revolving coaching program called Make Your Life A Masterpiece! Because when you’re working at a job that devalues you, spending all your energy trying to hold together a broken relationship and barely able to pay your bills… you forget the value of your dreams. You stop believing that you’re worth so much more.
Despite how hard life can be, we must find the tools and make the effort to transform our heartfelt dreams into strategic plans. We do that by setting goals. But it isn’t easy!
A primary reason we don’t reach our goals is because we haven’t learned how to structure them for success! Today, I’d like to share a few Masterpiece tidbits to help you get what you want… as long as you’re willing to work for it.
Acting on our goals takes us from being employees in our lives to the CEO of our destinies. You can increase the odds of winning by building success into the way you strategize your goals. Here’s how:
1. Set a Due Date: A well-developed goal is specific and measurable. Saying, “I want to lose 25 pounds” isn’t a goal. It’s just a nice idea.
A real goal is, “I want to lose 25 pounds by October 11 for my sister’s wedding.” It makes what you want to do and by when clear. Bills arrive with due dates, because creditors want their payments. They don’t let how we feel run their business. Putting a deadline on goals automatically produces focus, clarity and a healthy pressure.
2. Get Out of Neverland: Goals should be set on three levels. They are immediate, short-term and long-term. Our immediate goals determine what we do next. Our short-term goals set the parameters for our immediate goals, while our long-term goals help us see far out into the future. While the bigger goals give everything context, we can only move towards the future one “next” at a time. And our next must be pursued from our “now.”
An example may be a goal of becoming debt-free. The next steps for two people may be very different depending on their current circumstances. For some it may be a simple matter of spending less. For others it may require a combination of making more and spending less. Live life 90 days at a time to stay empowered and out of overwhelm.
3. Ditch Perfect: Setbacks are inevitable. It’s unrealistic to think that because we want something, life is going to roll out a red carpet for us to get there. We can prepare for disappointment by building flexibility into our goals. Using the previous example, a 25-pound weight loss might be ideal. But if you only lost 15 pounds, that should still be celebrated.
Do Your Work! Choose an area of your life and create immediate, short-term and long-term goals. Once developed spend time identifying where you are now and what the next steps are. Let’s make your life a masterpiece. Schedule a free 20-minute coaching session.
Define Your Wealth: “I am on purpose and empowered to live the life I’ve always imagined because I set attainable goals.”
Named the “North America’s Next Greatest Speaker” by eWomenNetwork, Felicia T. Scott is a Certified Empowerment Coach™ who empowers her clients to turn their Worth into Wealth as she partners with them to DISCOVER their WORTH, DO the WORK and DEFINE their WEALTH. Get more insight, download the FREE “8 Choices Winners Must Make” seminar MP3 on her website.