Destination Set. But, What is My First Step?

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In one of my recent posts I wrote about that if you don’t have clear goals then it’s like driving without a destination. So what happens when you have a clear goal in your mind and you know exactly what you would like to achieve; the detail is there but you have no idea where to start or how to get there?

This happens to many of us, including me. You have a great idea for a business or you get clear on something that you would like to achieve in your life. You have created a very clear picture of your ideal future state. GREAT! But you are here, today in a very different place. How do you get there?

Sometimes the enormity overwhelms us and can put us into analysis paralysis. We look into it too much, over analyse without taking any steps to achieving the goals and we stop. Here are a few ideas that I have used personally as well shared with clients:

Bite Size Chunks. Of course you are overwhelmed you have BIG ideas, dreams and goals. You want to really change things, shake things up. But it isn’t going to happen instantly. So chunk it down into as many small steps as possible. This will take away the overwhelm. It will also give you achievable tasks you can do to achieve your goal. By achieving each small step, you will build your confidence and then in in turn propel you closer to your goal/s.

Momentum. In order to achieve you have to keep moving, even one step at a time. Don’t let fear or the unknown stop you from taking that step forward towards your goal/s. Keep moving.

Go Public. Share with people what you would like to achieve and how you plan to do it. Why? Firstly, you are making a commitment to people outside of yourself and you are more likely to keep it. (See my post on this topic). Secondly, they might have ideas on how you can go about achieving your goals, share with you mistakes they made along a similar path and lessons learnt to be shared.

Support. Another benefit of going public with your goals is you get more support from your network. And you will need it along the way. You can’t do it alone – and that is OK.

Write It Out. Sometimes we get overwhelmed as we have too much in our heads. The best thing to do is write it all out and create a plan. This way you will be clear on what you need to achieve in the short term (and by when) and you will start hitting your key milestones and closer to achieving your goal.

Remember, life happens and you will most likely deviate from the plan or the plan may even change – it is just a roadmap to where you want to go. As long as you stay clear and focused on your goals, does it really matter how you get there?

What else do you do to achieve your goals?

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