"He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him."
- Dutch Proverb
Do you make lofty plans or dream big dreams, but lack the motivation or energy to put them into action? There's a simple technique you can use that will quadruple (at least!) your chance of achieving your goals. What is it? Simple:
That's right, do the first thing you need to do to begin the trek towards your final destination. It may be lovely to spend our time daydreaming about the day when we have that new job or are in better shape, but these things rarely happen magically on their own. You need to act, or your aspirations will stay exactly where they are - in your imagination. If you, like most of the human race, have trouble getting motivated (or lack the time and resources) you have to take one important action: decide on the first step you must take to get the ball rolling. (Just worry about that first move for now, don't think about all the other stuff that will follow. ) Write it down. For example, if you want to change career, a possible first step might be to research new career possibilities on the internet. Make this step action-oriented and as specific as possible. (NOT, for example, learn to sew. A better approach would be to start small, like checking out sewing courses in the area.) Now set a date for accomplishing this task: as soon as possible. This is your deadline. Before you have too much time to over-think it, DO IT! When it is completed you should feel satisfied and have a better idea of what the next step will be.
The hardest part of any goal is starting. Push yourself to just do the first tiny step (it's not such a big commitment, is it?) and hopefully you will discover that it is not nearly as difficult or intimidating as you thought it was.
by T.L. Scribe