The biggest killer of any goal is procrastination. I can’t tell you how many times I have coached people who set amazing goals, got excited, then did nothing about it. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get them to take action. Lack of action will cool enthusiasm and stifle energy. Goals thrive in high-energy environments. Without energy and purpose, goals will shrivel and die. Don’t let that happen to you! Here are 7 ways to can put your goals into motion NOW!
1. Stop Seeking Approval
You don’t need anyone’s permission to fulfill your dream. Trust yourself and give yourself permission to succeed. Having support from people whose opinion you value is a wonderful thing but it should not be the sole determiner for whether you put your goals into motion or not.
If you really desire to turn your idea into reality, constantly floating it around and seeking the approval of people will waste your time and kill your dream. What will happen to your idea if you don’t get the approval of those whose permission you so desperately need? Nothing.
2. Don’t Wait for Perfection
Waiting for a time when everything is perfect will cause you to lose your enthusiasm and abandon your goal. Conditions may never be as perfect as you desire. You may never have all the money, time, or knowledge you desire to begin working on your goals.
You must take risks, learn and improve as you go along and then watch as everything begins to fall in place. If you have to wait for the perfect time to begin working on your goals, you will be waiting a long time!
3. Make Time for Your Goals
Many people have dreams, ideas or goals, which remain unfulfilled because they are too busy doing everything else but work on the goal! If you have a goal to accomplish, you must be ready to invest your time, and resources to ensure that it succeeds.
Making excuses about having no time to work on goals is just a procrastination tactic, which will kill your dream before it has a chance to see the light of day. There is always time to work on what we love and consider important. Create that time set your goals into motion and see your dreams begin to unfold!
4. Make a Final Decision
The process of goal accomplishment, like most things in life begins with a decision. You decide what you want to achieve and then you plan how you intend to achieve it. If accomplishing your goal is important to you, your inability to make crucial decisions about what you should do, how you should do it, and when you should do it, will waste your time and choke your dream. Make up your mind and stop second-guessing yourself. When your mind is made up nothing can stop you from making progress with fulfilling your goals.
5. Take the Initiative
Be bold! You are the one in charge of turning your dreams to reality. You need to be proactive and actively involved in the process of working on your goals to ensure you achieve them. Just because you have shared your ideas with others does not necessarily mean that you are no longer responsible for turning them to reality. Don’t sit around waiting for others to make suggestions and guide your idea to reality. Don’t leave your dream entirely in the hands of others. Nobody cares about your dream like you do.
6. Invest in Your Goals
No idea is self-funding. Don’t be deceived into thinking that people will invest or finance your idea just because it is brilliant. If you are lucky, someone may invest in it, but if you are not, you will have to invest your time, energy, and finances towards activities that will fortify and fulfill your dream.
You may have to invest in the acquisition of knowledge or expertise that will help you achieve your goals. It would be a good idea to keep some money stashed away to finance your goal.
7. Focus on One Thing at a Time
Commit yourself only to projects and activities which are connected to your main goal. Whatever you do should directly or indirectly add up to putting your goal into motion. Failure to do this will confuse, overwhelm, sidetrack, and drain your energy.
To get started on achieving your goals, you need to plan for it and make it a priority. If you keep crowding and cluttering your life with what does not matter, you many never, ever accomplish your goals. Remember that you can’t do all things, but you can do one thing!
These 7 principles will give you the focus you need to put your goals into motion. Once you have forward momentum, you will feel the inertia of the goal pushing you forward. Look for the little wins to give you a boost of satisfaction and validation. Start your journey today while you are still excited about it!