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The new year brings with it new possibilities to finally achieve the goals you have set for yourself or the dreams you have been hanging on to year after year. Maybe you want to start your own business. Or maybe you want to write that book you’re sure will be a best-seller. Maybe you just want to live a healthier life or spend more time with your loved ones.
Whatever your dream, whatever your goal, you can make it happen. Follow these tips for overcoming your fears to make this the year that you accomplish those goals and make those dreams come true:
Make a Plan
To get where you’re going, you have to have an idea of how you’re going to get there. Identify your goals and then make a plan for how you will accomplish them. Do research about what will be required, then set realistic timelines and milestones for yourself.
Refer to your plan throughout the year to assess your progress and to make any necessary tweaks to keep yourself moving forward.
Take It One Step at a Time
You can’t expect to make $1 million this year when you only make $30,000 a year now. And you can’t expect to transform yourself from an obese couch potato into a svelte fitness model. While this goals are achievable in time, you just need to set a more realistic time frame for yourself and you have to start by taking small steps.
If you try to take on too much, too soon, you will overwhelm yourself or shortchange yourself of needed experience or developmental growth. Focus instead on taking one small step at a time toward your goal. You’ll move forward slowly and steadily, and you won’t be as likely to fall prey to failure.
Build on Your Successes
Celebrate each of your successes along the way toward achieving your goals. Each success — no matter how small — represents one step closer to realizing your dreams. By celebrating these small successes, you can build on the momentum you have created and find the enthusiasm for continuing to do the hard work needed to accomplish your goals.
With each small success, you also gain valuable insights that can help you on the rest of your journey. For each milestone, take a moment to assess what you have learned and how you can use it as you continue forward in your plan toward making your dream a reality.
Even the best-laid plans can crumble. When they do, you need the support of family and friends to help you get through it. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or apathetic about your journey, a good support system can help you to find the motivation and the strength to continue doing the work you need to do to achieve your dreams. Surround yourself with supportive friends, family members, co-workers, and mentors who are willing to help see you through your journey.
Focus on What You Have to Gain
When you are working tirelessly every day and don’t see an end in sight, you may lose your motivation to continue doing what you need to do to accomplish your goals. When this happens, instead of focusing on your daily or weekly to-do list, think about the bigger picture and focus on all that you have to gain if you accomplish what you set out to do.
You may find that just when you feel like you want to give up, you find the motivation to start again and to recommit yourself with renewed vigor.
Let this be the year that you finally achieve the goals you have held for yourself for so long. Follow these tips to help you overcome your fears and to move forward to finally find the success you want!
Questions: What goals do you want to accomplish this year? What fears are you going to need to overcome in order to have a good year?