How to get started on a goal

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Your goals are achievable. Here’s some things to think about to increase your chances of success before you get started.

Time is energy

I’m sure you’ve heard the adage that ‘time is money’. I’d like to offer a different opinion: time is energy, and people (or businesses) pay for energy. If you think in terms of the energy you’re expending and where you place this in your life, it’s easier to think in terms of where you’d like to put your energy (rather than just – “I’d like to earn money”). Your energy is your most valuable asset in life, and it should be placed strategically in ways that will find you more energy.

List-making is your friend

You’ll be much better placed to get where you want to go once you know exactly where that is, and make a draft outline of how you will get there. I say draft, because obviously life gets in the way.

Work backwards. Make a list of what your ideal life looks like. Then, make a list of the goals you want to achieve. Next, make a list of the steps that will get you there. Put timeframes around the list. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll start checking off the list, and how quickly you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals. The energy you put out there is the energy you’ll get back.

The biggest obstacle you’ll face is yourself

We are all our own worst enemies. Before you get started on your goals, you’ll encounter some fears. These are likely to include thoughts such as, ‘how am I ever going to achieve this?’, ‘people will think I won’t be able to do it’, ‘I will look stupid if I try to do that’, ‘I’ve failed in the past – what’s to say I won’t fail again?’, ‘It’s just a dream’, and ‘I just don’t have the time’. Once you move past these, you’ll encounter thoughts such as, ‘I just don’t have the time’ (again), ‘[insert name] thinks I’m dumb’, ‘I just want to relax – don’t I deserve it?’, and ‘I don’t know if this will make me happy’. Happiness and success is never the outcome. It’s the journey.

What thoughts and obstacles stand in the way of your goals?