If you want to live a dream life, not only must you decide what you want, turn your dream into measurable goals, break those goals down into specific action steps, and visualize and affirm your desired outcomes – you must start taking action!
I recommend making the commitment to do something every day in at least three different areas of your life that moves you in the direction of your goal. If one of your goals is physical fitness, make a commitment to do some sort of exercise – aerobics, weight training, stretching – four to five times a week for a minimum of twenty minutes.
I read recently that if you simply go for a 30 minute walk four times a week, that would put you in the top 1% of those people getting physical exercise! If your goal is financial independence, start saving and investing a portion of your income every month with no exceptions. If your goal is to write a book, write for a minimum of one hour every day.
Don’t Let Fear Stop You
Most people never get what they want because they let their fears stop them. They are afraid of making a mistake, looking foolish, getting ripped off, being rejected, being hurt, wasting their time, and feeling uncomfortable.
Fear is self-created by imagining catastrophic consequences that have yet to happen. It is all in your mind. In fact, you can actually scare yourself by imagining negative and harmful images. But simply stop the catastrophic thoughts and images, and the fear goes away.
Rejection is a Myth
One of the biggest fears that stops people from asking for support, guidance, advice, money, a date, a job, the sale, or anything else is the fear of rejection.
In fact, it’s been known to literally paralyze people. They become tongue-tied and refuse to reach for the phone or get up and walk across the room. They break out in a sweat at the mere thought of asking for what they want.
I have come to realize that the whole concept of rejection is false – that rejection doesn’t really exist. Think about it for a moment. If you asked someone to join you for dinner, and they said no, you could tell yourself that you had been rejected. But think about it. Did you have anyone to eat dinner with before you asked them? No! Did you have anyone to eat dinner with after you asked them? No! Did your life really get worse? No. It stayed the same!
Act As If
One of the secrets of success is to start acting like a success before you are one. Act as if. If you had already achieved your dream, what kinds of clothes would you be wearing? How would you act? How would you treat others? Would you tithe a portion of your income to your church or favorite charities? Would you have more self-confidence? Would you take more time to spend with your loved ones?
I suggest that you begin to do those things now!
When I decided that I wanted to be an “international” consultant, I immediately went and applied for a passport, bought an international clock that told me what time it was anywhere in the world, printed business cards with the words “International Self-Esteem and Peak Performance Consultant,” and decided I would like to first go to Australia. I bought a poster of the Sydney Opera House and placed it on my refrigerator.
Within one month, I received an invitation to speak in Sydney and Brisbane. Since then, I have spoken and conducted trainings in over 30 countries and continue to expand my business around the globe.
Start acting as if you already have everything you want.
Most people think that if they have a lot of money, they could do the things they want to do, and they would be much happier. In fact, the reverse is true. If you start by creating a state of happiness and abundance, then do the things you are inspired to do from that state of being, you will end up having all the things you ultimately desire.
Remember, the proper order of this is to start now and be who you want to Be, then Do the actions that go along with being that person, and soon you will find that you can easily Have everything you want in life – health, wealth and fulfilling relationships.
Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: FreeSuccessStrategies.com
We’ve recently made a few improvements to the site, to help those who would like to use GoalsOnTrack to make plans for the next day the night before.
How it works is that when you are planning the tasks for the next day, you can schedule them as “Tomorrow” tasks for all your goals. We’ve added a “Tomorrow” accessible from the “My Tasks” navigation on the right on “Dashboard”. Once you’ve planned all the tasks, just go back to “Dashboard” page, and then click “Print Day Planner”.
Now you will have a print-out of what you have scheduled for tomorrow, and when you start next day, you can grab this “planner” sheet and start your day right away, without even having to logon to GoalsOnTrack.
There has been a new release deployed to production. In this new release, we’ve made a few improvements, fixed some minor bugs, and also added several small features.
On Day Planner sheet, now you are able to hide the goals section, so that only the tasks are shown on the print-out. This is useful if you have many goals and you want to see only the tasks on the sheet.
We’ve also done a few cosmetic fixes to menu icons, progress bar graphics, etc. We are planning to add a few major features in the next month or so, among which, a vision board, and habits tracker will be main functional modules. I will talk more about them later.
In the meanwhile, if you have any suggestions as to what features you would like to see, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Thanks, and have productive day.
For many of us, we have tasks that are related to reviewing goals and progress, and perhaps planning new tasks etc. These tasks may not belong to any of the goals you’ve already setup, but you may still want to be able to track them. Here is a simple way to track this type of tasks.
1. Create a goal just for this purpose, such as “Goal: Keep my goals on track”, or “Goal: Review and Plan”, etc.
2. Add all tasks that are related to reviewing or planning activities under this goal.
3. You may even want to set these tasks as recurring for once or twice per week.
Here is a sample of how I’ve set it up:
If you’re recently set some goals for leading a healthier lifestyle, you’ll have a greater chance for success if you track that progress.
Shira Capellini, a health services researcher says self-monitoring or keeping a wellness journal is very important.
“Research has shown that self-monitoring, or keeping track, is key to achieving your goals no matter what they are,” she said. “Whether it’s monitoring your sleeping patterns or trying to move more or just getting more fruits and vegetables, awareness is so important because if you don’t know where to the areas are that you need to improve, then it’s harder to figure out where to start.”
There are plenty of things you can keep track of in your wellness journal.
“You certainly want to identify what your goals are and then keep track of things that pertain to those goals, whether they’re improving your health or weight loss, and write down more than you think that you need to,” Capellini said. “Things like not just what you’re eating but how much are you eating, what times of day, how do you feel when you’re eating those foods, when are you exercising, how do you feel when you’re exercising, if you’re taking medication, how do you feel after you take your medication.
“You can also include things like how much sleep you’re getting, how do you feel when you wake up in the morning, and how much water you’re drinking.”
Make sure you keep your journal with you and write things throughout the day. If we leave it up to ourselves to write everything down at night, we’ll forget.
Achieving total body wellness does not happen overnight; it takes baby steps, so start with whatever you’re comfortable writing down. You can always build from there.
It’s also a great idea to share your wellness journal if you’re working with a nutritionist, personal trainer or physician.