GUEST POST by Alejandra Cerecedo:
Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to reach your some of your goals? Are there many distractions or lack of time? Do you think you’re missing self-motivation? Nothing to worry about—all of these things are very common in people that are trying to reach their goals. But of course, they are also obstacles in achieving success. Therefore, I want to share with you the things I do when I’m trying to reach my goals. It’s very easy, but I warn you, it requires quite some time, discipline, and definitely, a lot of confidence! These steps are my summarized guide to achieving your dreams and purposes:
The first thing you need to do is a self-analysis questionnaire. What is your dream or goal? What are your obstacles in reaching them? How can your family and friends help you achieve them? Why do you need this right now?
After being able to answer all of these questions thoroughly, you will have a more clear idea of what is it that you want to do and the different ways you can make it happen.
Now that you know what it will take to reach success, you have to be able to make a compromise with yourself that achieving your goals will require change. If you are used to spending 5 hours on the computer or watching TV every day, it’s time to start making some sacrifices. You have to realize that all that wasted time needs to be channeled into reaching your goals. If you don’t change for good all those habits that can be considered obstacles, it will be much harder to achieve your goals.
Time is the key to success. The more time you invest in your goals, the faster you’ll reach them. It will be hard at first, but starting with small steps is the best thing to do. Dedicate a little time to your goals every day. For example, if you want to lose weight but have never exercised before, you can start running to run 10 minutes daily. After two weeks, increase that time to 15 minutes, and a week later, to 20 minutes, etc. The more time you run, the faster you will lose weight, accompanied with a healthy diet, of course. This example applies to everything, but remember to maintain a physical and mental balance. Always know when you’ve reached your limit and stop right away—you have many days ahead to keep trying!
If you need money to make your dreams come true, you have to be able to think like the rich people. What does this mean? It means that you don’t need to have all the money of the world in your pocket; instead you just need an idea that creates a necessity. As soon as you have this, the money will come right away. Just think of the iPhone as an example. Before it came out, we never needed it—but now, it makes our lives much easier, so it can be considered a necessity. Finding opportunities where others can’t see them is the key.
The most important part of this step is orientation. How do you do this? By knowing what is it that you are good at. What are your abilities? What are your talents? Are you good with languages? Math? Physics? Computers, drawing, or designing? Maybe doing something you are good at seems very easy to you, and you don’t consider it anything extraordinary. But just because it’s simple for you doesn’t mean it’s simple for everybody else. Know yourself, and once you have identified your strengths, think about how you can exploit them so that they can generate money. For example, like I mentioned in a past blog, I am good at taking pictures and I don’t do it for free, which is my way of gaining money. Everybody has something they are good at, all you have to do is know what it is and be confident that you are the best at it.
Remember that you always have to be very motivated. Don’t let laziness overpower you. If you fail the first time, try again until you achieve it. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Like Thomas Edison said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Another of the things that I recommend is creating a punishment/award system. What do I mean by that? Tell a member of your family or a close relative to help you with this. Their job will be to keep track of your accomplishments. If you succeed, they will award you, and if you fail, they will punish you. You are the creator of your own awards and punishments. Going back to my example of losing weight: say you don’t accomplish your goal of running 15 minutes, so your award of your parents taking you to the movies is canceled. Receiving the support of your friends and family will keep you constantly motivated. There is no opportunity for failure. If you don’t accomplish your goals, do something about it!
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ” -Samuel Beckett
6. One Goal at a Time
Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to reach all your goals at once. My advice is one goal at a time. It’s important to dedicate all your time and concentration to one goal only, and after you’ve reached it, you can take the next step into working toward your next goal.
So, that’s it. Easy, right? I hope it can work for you the way it has worked so much for me. Good luck in reaching all your goals and dreams…and remember, it’s all up to you!