The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell
Focus on the small steps
The past few weeks I’ve taken some time off to reflect on the New Year and what spectacular accomplishments I’d like to look back on at the end of 2015. At the turn of the year some of us are fed up with the hype of New Year Resolutions and the plans we put into place which only last a few days or a few weeks during the month of January. While a New Year may seem like a fresh chance to kickstart all your dreams, it is honestly the small steps that matter the most throughout the year. Instead of planning glamorous, out of touch resolutions, let’s look at the New Year as a chance to continue the small steps we are already taking.
Keep your mental juices firing
It’s hard to stay motivated throughout the year without daily inspiration to give you a kick in the pants. Last year I had the honor of working with Eric T. Wagner, lifelong entrepreneur and founder of Mighty Wise Academy, with his first book, Walk Through Fire, daily inspiration for entrepreneurs. Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur I still recommend putting this book on your must read list for eye opening inspirations throughout 2015.
Talk it out
Even though it’s recommended to talk less about what you’re going to do and just do it, some talk is still key. Every Monday I like to discuss my goals for the week with a friend or mentor who believes in my overall long term goals. At the end of the week we recap and discuss if we’ve met our goals and why or why not. Although you aren’t disappointing anyone but yourself if you fail, it helps to give a positive report of your goals at the end of the week.
Make it happen
Admittedly, although I have several huge goals, like becoming a bestselling author in the fantasy genre and visiting every single country at least once, it helps to start small. Instead focusing on the overall goal of finishing my novel, in order to make it happen I’ve broken it down into small steps. Each week I aim to write 5,000 words until the first draft is complete. Instead of waiting for January 1 to roll around, I went ahead and started that goal in December. Now it’s just a matter of staying the course. And while I won’t travel to twenty countries this year, I am planning a trip to one, another check off the list.
What are your 2015 goals? What small steps are you taking to achieve them?