Goals – Part II of II: How Are You Reaching Your Dreams?
At the end of January, I wrote to you about making sure you set a plan to reach your goals. If you’ve already set your goals for 2015, please share them in the comments. We would love to hear about what steps you’re taking to reach your goals and what we at Ms. Career Girl can do to help you out!
If you haven’t set your goals, here are a few extra things to think about.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2015 came out last month and I have to say that I’m incredibly impressed with some of the up and coming visionaries in this set – check out these amazing women for starters: Sophie Milam (a graduate of my high school!), Fiza Farhan, Elise Andrew, and Yifan Zheng. I can only imagine what the personal and professional goal lists for these individuals look like.
Now, I’m never going to make the 30 under 30 list – I’m already past my prime for that one. However, that number isn’t the be-all end-all. There’s so much more ahead of me. Where is life going to take me?
Where is your life going to take you?
Think about it. That’s the difference between a dream and a goal. A dream is something you wish for but doesn’t deliver tangible results. A goal is an actionable step that makes your dreams reality.
Looking at what you might want to accomplish this year, how ambitious are you being? Did you make goals that will be easy to achieve? Are you stretching yourself at all? How can you push yourself to be an exponentially expanded individual by the end of the year?
Before you add to this list, think about what drives you. Are the things that get you going – in the morning, at work, in your relationships – already incorporated into your list of goals? If they’re not, how can you weave what motivates you into this list?
You don’t have to know every step to your goals right now, but think about what information you might need to learn or new skills you may need to develop in order to tap into that dream potential. These factors can become your first actionable steps in making your dreams come to life.
As you progress throughout 2015 – don’t let defeat set in. Your dreams may not flourish all at once. Push towards them. See the potential. Extend your goals into 2016 and beyond. Set yourself up for success. Know that the work you are putting in right now can positively impact your future.