March 6

A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

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"A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish" ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To achieve a goal you have to be committed. A goal is not a wishy-washy hope - or one thing today and another tomorrow.

Commitment means never losing sight of what you want to achieve. You can see it, smell it taste it and it's worth the effort.

You think about it when you wake up and you think about it before you go to sleep.

Day to day life has many distractions and temptations. So you constantly have to be asking yourself "is this action taking me closer to my goal?" Or am I wandering aimlessly through life?

Chasing one shiny object after another. Moving in one way and another distracted and disillusioned. Leaving a trail of shattered dreams.

Most of us will waver. Giving in to wasting time doing activities that make us feel busy but don't take us closer to where we ultimately want to go.

People dream about getting fitter, getting healthier or about what they'll do when they retire. 

But you can only turn these dreams into reality by action.

Remember that nothing happens until something moves.

You are probably like me who has had dreams dashed by completely unpredictable events. You have had ideas about what you wanted to do and were put off by your own negative thoughts or unjustified criticism. These are barriers but not insurmountable barriers. They are tests to find out if the goal is real.

Accept it that in the past you have probably been your own worst critic and enemy. But it doesn't always have to be that way.

In the book by Dr Benjamin Hardy, he makes it clear in the title: "Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story"

Now's the time to change. Now's the time to make a plan and craft your own future. It's time to say "This is what I want to accomplish, and this is by when I will accomplish it".

It is a clear theme of how you're going to live your life. Travelling from where you are right now, to your future self.

This journey can be an overwhelming challenge if you try to do it on your own. So look for helping hands or guiding lights that will support and guide you through the tough stages. Think about whether you need a coach or mentor.

  • Define your goal using the SMART format. That is the goal must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic or Relevant and Time-Bound.
  • Make a plan. Your life is not a dream. It's a never-ending voyage with many ups and downs. It's your option whether this voyage is filled with happiness and achievement or sadness and regret.
  • Decide what lifestyle you want. And don't short change yourself with negative or limiting thoughts. Set out your goals and milestones (times for rewarding yourself for achievements!) so you know you're on the right path.
  • Visualize achieving your goal. Experience how good it feels. When you get discouraged or want to give up get back into this 'how good it feels' mental space.

Write the goal down. To make it happens read it every day when you wake and before going to sleep. 

Believe that you can achieve it. With the right mindset and commitment, you can make your dreams a reality.

If you think that there is anything I could do to help you start, or get over rocky sections on your journey please reach out to me and I'll do what I can to help.


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