What do you like doing most? What makes you tick? What makes your heart beat a little faster? Well, you can achieve anything in life as long as you really want it. You just have to be willing to put in work to make that dream a reality.
If you are feeling a bit lost in life or confused about how to accomplish your life goals, follow these four important steps:
1. Write it down
First, open an Excel spreadsheet. Create some time categories across the top of your sheet, such as “6 months,” “5 years,” and “Lifetime.” Next, along the left side of your sheet, create as many categories of life that you can think of, including (but not limited to): Spiritual, Family, Professional, Financial, Intellectual, Community, Character and Travel.
2. Notice your themes
If you are lost in your current career, feeling strapped for cash or frustrated with dead-end relationships, it can be hard to pull yourself out of your current predicament to dream big. So start small.
If you can’t see your future in the Lifetime category, think about where you want to be in one month, and if you are feeling stuck in your professional category, focus on travel or community. Dreams can overlap categories; in fact, I encourage it. When you remove yourself from your everyday monotony, you can find some gems that may guide you toward a more fulfilling future.
3. Share with others
Once you feel your list is complete, write down a person’s name next to each dream. This person should be the person in your life that is most likely to help you accomplish this particular dream. Then, share those dreams with your identified person. Ask them for help in holding you accountable to accomplishing your goals, and give yourself deadlines for reaching back out to them to report out on your progress.
4. Check in regularly
This final step is the most important. You don’t serve yourself by committing to goals and then putting them on a shelf. Plus, when you accomplish a goal, it feels great to mark it off your list and replace it with a new one. You can always move your dreams to a new time frame if they no longer meet your original parameters, but by checking back in (say, every six months), you remind yourself of what is important to you.
Remember though, even if you don’t magically hit the arbitrary timeline that you set in the beginning, never feel like a failure. You may just need to re-strategize and commit to your dreams again.