Brush the dust off your dreams

Attention, procrastinators
– all you would-be go-getters who say,

Someday I’ll do it.


One day I’ll make it happen.

This is it! Now is the moment to start living the life you’ve
always wanted. Today is the day to put away past conditioning that
has caused you to settle for second-best.
Attention, procrastinators – all you would-be go-getters who say, “Someday I’ll do it.” “One day I’ll make it happen.” This is it! Now is the moment to start living the life you’ve always wanted. Today is the day to put away past conditioning that has caused you to settle for second-best.

Brush the dust off your dreams, and give some serious thought to where you’re headed this year. What do you want, anyway? If you don’t know where you’re going, the road to anywhere will take you there. Without goals, you’ll meander through the year disorganized and unprepared for opportunities.

What places would you like to visit? What do you want to own? What charity do you yearn to support? How much do you want to earn? Let your mind run free. Blue-skying is a necessary exercise to unlock your mind’s creative thoughts. Only by discovering what you truly want will you be motivated to exert substantial effort to attain it. List all wishes: old and new, large and small, even previously thwarted ambitions. Write until you can’t think of anything else.

Move beyond blue-skying to a process that gets things done. Precisely what is it you intend to do, and by when? Get to the heart of that question. Consider why you want this particular thing. Is it your goal or someone else’s? Will realizing this desire make your life better?

Maybe what you want is attached to a memory of the past. Recall memories that have made you happy. Focus on benefits to bring clarity: Save $7,420 in interest from being debt free this year, less worry and stress, financial freedom. If a goal has no benefit, cross it off the list.

What specifically do you need to do to make this a reality? For tasks you cannot complete alone, list outside resources, family members or others with whom you’ll interact to make it happen. Note what must be overcome in order to achieve your goal; examine obstacles realistically.

Create definite step-by-step plans for action. Break daunting tasks into manageable ones and assign completion dates. From your action list, develop weekly and daily “to do” lists. Plan the month of January. Plan your best year ever.

Review goals often. When Tiger Woods was a kid, he determined to break all golfing records Jack Nicklaus held. Tiger wrote his intentions on a 3×5 index card and read it daily. Today, he’s well on the way toward reaching that objective.

How badly do you want to reach your goals? 2005 can be the year. Wake up each new morning asking “What can I do today to make progress on my goals?”

Procrastinators take note: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.

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