In last week’s blog, I gave you some tools to get into a peak state and identify the one big thing you would like to accomplish in 2012. If you missed that January 3rd post, I suggest you scroll down and give it a read.
Now it’s time to get down to business, simply by setting timelines for completing you goal and then breaking your one big thing down to small manageable pieces or sub-goals that you both can and even more importantly will do by the timetable you’ve set in order to bring your goal to fruition. Of course, you’re not limited to one thing. You can have as many big goals as you want, as long as the goals themselves don’t become burdens that serve little purpose but to overwhelm you. In other words, concentrate at least for now, on what you are serious about accomplishing—be it a health, relationship, career, parenting, educational or spiritual goal.
Anything you have ever read about setting and accomplishing a goal has some variation of these ingredients. So in reality this is not rocket science, it’s just common sense. The question is how do you fall off the wagon when you set a goal and fail to accomplish it? For example, by procrastination? By trying to do too many things at once and as a result doing nothing? By setting goals you think you “should” set, but aren’t really committed to? Make a list of ways that this could predictably happen; and next to each item you’ve listed put in one or two preemptive strategies to make sure it doesn’t happen this time.
Now consider this: If you could have any mentor in the world (who is ether alive today or has ever lived), who would that person or those persons be? Write a short essay—even a paragraph or two—on how that person would achieve (or advise you to handle or achieve) your big goal. What do your “mentors” believe about your goal that you would be much better off believing? Keep in mind the fact that you can have as many of these kinds of “mentors” as you want—even different ones for different things you’re trying to accomplish. With this exercise, think of them (your “mentors”) as your “strongest self” (or even the voice of that part of you that “could accomplish anything” you set out to do) which you can access 24 hours a day.
Is there an actual mentor, coach, or therapist who is now available to you in person that you could reach out to for help in manifesting your goal or removing one or more obstacles to it? The best mentors for you are generally people who have and are still accomplishing for themselves what you are now striving to do. If you’re unable to get off the dime or you can see yourself falling into one of those predictable traps on your list, consider getting the help you need to get moving―now or as soon as possible―as an important step in your manifesting you goal. Remember, time is the one commodity that cannot be replaced, once it’s gone.