Everyone has goals whether we realize it or not. Often, the ideas that begin to float through our mind during the day lead us to the goals that we eventually want to achieve in our personal lives. Some people have small goals, others have bigger goals. Some people are satisfied to barely get by, while others are seemingly never satisfied regardless of what they accomplish. You may be on one extreme or the other…or somewhere in between… but goals are what drive us each day.
A goal may be something as simple as getting to work on time, planning a meal, cleaning the house or having a personal quiet time each day. Or, it may be as complex as raising children or succeeding at work. Goals come in many sizes, shapes and forms.
Regardless of the goal that you may possess, there are five key steps that will help you achieve any goal that you set.
1. “What is my dream?”
The clearer the dream, the better chance you will have of actually reaching it. Everyone has heard of the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. When Alice got lost, she came upon the Cheshire cat who asked where she was going. She told him that she did not know. He looked at her and said, “Then any road that you take will get you there!”
A dream is a wonderful thing. I personally believe that a dream is the beginning of all success. When a person has a dream, a vision or a goal in front of them, they are far more likely to achieve it than not.
The first step is simply having a dream. As far as I am concerned, the bigger the goal, the better it will be for you. It is better to shoot for the moon and end up in the stars than to aim for dirt and hit it! My father used to tell me that it did not cost any more to dream big than it did to dream small.
2. “What am I doing that is helping me accomplish my dream?”
On a daily basis, what positive steps are you taking to see the reality of your dream come true? No one achieves a dream or a goal overnight. Every endeavor requires taking steps along the way. Any worthwhile project takes time, effort and energy. So, what positive things are you doing on a daily basis to help you reach your goal?
3. “What am I NOT doing towards accomplishing my dream?”
What are you failing to do? Is it because you do not have the proper internal resources? Is it because you do not have the necessary personal tools? I find that it is very important to be specific. The more honest you can be about what is keeping you from accomplishing your goals and dreams, the better off you will be.
Take an inward look. What is going on inside of you that might prevent you from achieving success in reaching your goals? Are you your own worst enemy? I know at times, I have been mine!
4. “What outward personal challenges, problems or obstacles are keeping me from reaching my goals and dreams?”
This particular step requires you to look outward at your environment. Are there specific barriers that need to be removed? Perhaps your environment is holding you back. Maybe another person is directly responsible for hindering the fulfillment of your dreams and goals. The more you understand the exact nature of the outward obstacles you face, the better your chances will be of overcoming them.
5. “What opportunities are available to me at the present time?”
If you take advantage of the opportunities afforded you right now, then you will be able to move closer to accomplishing your dreams and goals. In some cases, it may require getting a mentor to help you achieve what you would like to accomplish. But, many times it is nothing more than hard work, self-discipline and the daily routine of staying focused.
The more you look for good opportunities, the more you will find them. I believe opportunity is everywhere. I have known people who had absolutely no resources available to them, yet they stepped out on faith and tried to make their life, or personal situation, better. It was not long before opportunity suddenly “found” them.
These are five simple steps to help you determine what may be keeping you from accomplishing your goals. I would challenge you, and encourage you, to take a closer look at each one to see where you may have gotten bogged down. I know that when I clearly understand and articulate where I may have floundered, it is not long before I am back on track. There is nothing more encouraging or exciting than reaching your personal dreams and goals. I wish that for myself and for you this week.
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Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm