Taking The First Step
There’s always something that all of us have wanted to do. But, what actions have we taken to get closer to that goal? Have we even started yet? Now, don’t worry, it’s completely fine if we haven’t yet.
We’re going to turn our dream that we’ve always imagined, into a realistic goal we will be dead set on achieving. But, it’s always that question of what’s the first step and where do we begin?
Defining Our Goal
First, we must ask ourselves these questions.
What do we want to achieve?
Maybe you want to create your very own professional website, start your own business or service, save a certain amount of money, get that dream job or promotion at work. A goal should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. If you already have something in mind, keep describing what you want, go into the details of your goal.
If you are having trouble searching for a goal, it should be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the kind of achievement that would give the most meaning and value to your life.
Why are we doing this?
Think of the immediate impact this goal will serve you and that it will make in other people’s lives. These questions need to exist because the answers we give to them, are what we need to remind ourselves everyday in the journey to achieving our goal.
A goal should have an immediate positive impact in your life, as well as other people’s. It should be something you believe in, wholeheartedly; and you should be proud when sharing your goals with your family and friends.
Set a Realistic Timetable
A new year comes with all sorts of events, milestones and bucket lists.
Create a Schedule or Deadline
We should give ourselves a rough estimate on how long this journey to achieving our goal will take. Do we want to achieve this goal in 2 months? Is it a goal that will be achieved in the 3rd quarter of this year?
In order to identify whether a deadline is realistic or not, we should create a timetable and schedule. Have a lot of things going on in a certain month that you can’t back out of? Then you know you can’t put in as much progress into achieving your goal in this time period. Have a lot of free time next week? Put in the lost hours in that week.
It’s Okay to Say “No”
If you have a few things coming up in your life that you’re having second thoughts about, learn how to say “no”. A polite “not tonight, but thank you for the offer!” can contribute a lot of progress to achieving your goal. These events where you know you can’t commit your heart, soul and mind to, are sacrifices that are hard to make but worth it in the long run. If you’re going to be somewhere thinking “I could be working on my craft right now”, then you’re probably better off doing that.
Defining how we really feel about the events in our schedule will make it easier to identify the right time we can put in a hundred percent of our energy into what we love. Sometimes, to make significant progress towards achieving our goal, we have to be willing to disappear every once in a while.
Develop a Habit
Alright, we’ve defined our goal and we’re ready to put in the hours. How do we do it?
Achieve With a Buddy
Whether it’s your mentor, a young soul you want to help out, a family member or close friend, setting your own goals alongside each other can be very productive. Sharing your goals with other people shouldn’t be taboo.
When you ask someone what their goal is, not everyone has an answer. When you ask those that do have an answer what they are doing to achieve their goal, there are people that will give you some kind of reason why they aren’t taking the first step or they can even be downright offended.
Knowing which people you can talk about goals with isn’t easy. But if you can find a person whom you can at least share your progress with, that could not just motivate you but help motivate them to achieving their goal as well.
Use What You Have
Identify your strengths and implement them in designing the system that can help you make more efficient progress. If you love writing, try a journal for putting on your thoughts and ideas on your goal. Good at spreadsheets? Design an automated system or database that updates every time you input your progress. Those that are great with physical activity should continue their balanced diet and good sleeping habits to get up early and put in a little more time into making more progress in the morning.
The Lifestyle You’ve Always Wanted
Now, it’s about improving on our weaknesses or key aspects in our life that we’ve always wanted to do. If you’ve always wanted to be a morning person, set an alarm everyday and keep waking up early even on weekends. Have the habit of being late all the time? Force yourself to get there 30 minutes before you need to be. Learn about the weak points in your game and make small changes everyday until they turn into your daily habit.
The key to executing a well envisioned plan is consistency. Developing your strengths and managing your weaknesses will not only help you make significant progress to achieving your goal, but will improve your lifestyle by adding new effective habits.
My personal goal for this year is to fulfill my advocacy of sharing the message of self development, and minimalism with others. This blog will serve as the way to share what I have learned on career, lifestyle, personal finance, and hopefully make a positive impact on other people’s lives.
In order to achieve this goal, I have set myself on writing and publishing a blog post on one of these three topics every Tuesday for the year, with half of the year’s content already planned out. This first blog post is my personal first step in my journey to achieve this goal.
Sharing what we know and discussing about career, lifestyle, and personal finance should be more transparent, and being true to ourselves regarding our situations can help others take the first step in making meaningful changes in their lives as well.
Taking the first step isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Knowing what we want and why we want it, helps make our vision of achievement from a blurry fantasy into a crisp & sharp, attainable reality.
Saying “no” to things we are doubtful of, and identifying what is truly important in our lives will help us devote all our energy to the few things we say “yes” to.
Having a work ethic, and learning how other people have taken their first step will help you develop the habits you need to become more efficient and consistent, while also serving as an inspiration to others to take the first step as well.