Keep Your Dreams On Track
Did you see that? That barely visible blur that just flew by was the first half of 2016. Wow, that was fast!
Time never takes its foot off the pedal. That’s why it’s so important to slow yourself down once in a while and think about where you’re going and how you plan to get there. It’s called a “dream checkup,” and the halfway point of the year is the perfect time to get one on the calendar.
To get started, think back to those dreams and goals you set back in January and ask yourself how they’re coming along. It’s ok if your answer is “not as planned.” We’ve all been there. The stats say that 45 percent of us start the year with resolutions — but only 8 percent achieve them.
Here’s the great news: you still have plenty of time to revisit, revive and realize those 2016 dreams.
These six steps can help:
- Acknowledge your awesomeness.
Before you do anything, think about all the great things you’ve already done. Your list of achievements is probably longer than you think. So don’t get down on yourself for what hasn’t happened. Give yourself a pat on the back for what has.
- Try. And then try again.
Next step: keep trying. It’s ok if you don’t get it 100% right the first time. Or second. Or third. Use what you learn and keep going — because you can’t fail if you keep trying.
- Be real.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a dream and bite off more than you can chew. Challenging yourself is important, but trying to do the impossible can bring you down. Is what you’re trying to accomplish realistic? Be honest with yourself and you’ll do great things.
- Break it down.
If a dream feels intimidating, you’ll get discouraged. Break your bigger dreams down into smaller, more manageable goals. As you reach the small targets, the big target will get closer and closer.
- Celebrate the small.
Small wins are huge motivators. Go ahead and treat yourself every time you reach another goal along the way. High fives, fist bumps, parties, chocolate — whatever it takes, take time to celebrate you. You deserve it!
- Seek support.
Reminder: You’re not expected to do it all on your own. Build a support team to keep you focused and help you push through challenges. Your family and friends are there to help. Sometimes you just have to ask.