LRS 002: From Dreams to Goals: How to Stop Wishing and Start Doing 37

stop wishing and having dreams and start setting goals - podcast episode

Welcome to the second episode of The Let’s Reach Success Podcast. It’s divided into 3 sections:

1. I talk about the things that get in the way of achieving our goals;
2. I list the main qualities of goal-oriented people and what they do differently that helps them see progress;
3. I share with you my 10-step process to turning dreams into goals.

Show Notes:

  • Something important I realized some time ago [0:52]
  • 9 things we do wrong when it comes to setting and achieving goals [3:20]
  • Characteristics of people with goals [9:15]
  • Practical steps to get from dreaming to setting goals [13:10]

Mentioned:

From Dreams to Goals

Top 10 quotes from the episode:

“Failure is a precious gift. It’s an inevitable step on your way to success, and a step you need to take more than once.”

“Now is the best time to do what you want, any other time will be too late.”

“The best cure for procrastination is to start doing something immediately, without thinking and giving your mind time to come up with excuses. Without doubting your abilities and fearing failure.”

“You don’t get what you want, or what you think you deserve.
Instead, you get exactly what you work for, what you focus on, what you take action upon every single day”

“Successful people with goals accept each new day as another opportunity to make the best of it, to become a little better, to improve areas in their life, to work harder, and to move forward.”

“People will always have something to judge you on, something to disagree with. So let them do it.”

“There’s always a smarter, faster, easier and simpler way to do anything. You just need to try out different versions and see what’s best for you.”

“To fall in love with what you do is a great thing. It helps you work many hours every day without feeling exhausted.“

“Successful mindset, good habits and consistency is what can give you the life you’re dreaming about. Don’t let it slip away.”

“Dreams are too vague. That’s why they often sound impossible. And that’s why we get discouraged from the start.”

Update on my progress

So that’s the second time I’m recording anything and editing audio. I changed the intro, at least the words I say and my intonation. I like it better now.

The content I share here is more and the podcast episode is almost 20 minutes. That’s something.

As for the way I speak, last time I was either monotone, or overdid it in my desire to sound natural and still have excitement in my voice to keep the listener engaged. Now, I’m just monotone but less often. So that’s progress.

I’m positive about this and think there will be more improvement soon.

Stay tuned.

Thanks for listening.

Glad you joined me on the podcast. If you want to hear a particular topic on it, leave a comment below and I’ll make sure I cover it in the future.

And as I’m just beginning, if you have any advice on how I can sound better, improve the sound, change the sections, or anything else, email me at lidiya@letsreachsuccess.com. You’ll help a lot.

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 30

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.