Begin with a Dream:
This is a story from a few years ago, when one day over coffee, I announced to my friends that I am going to be a speaker. They looked at me in amazement and then laughed, thinking I was joking. Because I was shy, quiet and rarely spoke up even in a small gathering of friends. But public speaking was one of the fear I wanted to transcend. It was not just a random announcement. It was something I wanted to achieve for a long time and it just remained there languishing in the background. Had I not announced my thought and put it out there to my friends, I would not have taken the effort in that direction to face my fear and address my first set of audience 3 years back, to make my dream a reality.
Start with an End Goal in Mind:
Now I do want to add that I am one of those who like to be focused, like to think ahead, to dream. And I am a great fan of New Year’s resolution and always spent a couple of hours putting it all together into tangible workable action steps.
Did my dream freak me out?
Yes, totally. I was stressed and thought of backing out many times over. But the support I received from my family and friends made me persevere, work hard and reach my goal. I get goosebumps every time I think about this resolution. What also helped was accepting that it is ok to not be perfect, it is ok to fail and to be prepared to learn from it. I also used the word ‘excited’ instead of ‘nervous’ whenever I visualized myself on that stage in front of the audience.
The Power of Visualizing:
Such is the power of dream and of visualizing the dream in your head over and over again till one day it becomes a reality. It helps you build the confidence in yourself which in-turn preps you to excel in your goals and whatever you want to succeed in. And the success and growth chart may not be linear. Perhaps that is the best part that makes is exciting and each day a new day, as you get to learn from your failure. It helps you introspect, come up with creative solutions, and even fine tune your goals and resolutions in the process. It offer an opportunity to grow in a holistic manner and ace your professional and personal life.
What are the Pitfalls to Look out for?
What are your goals for this year? What are your resolutions? What makes them achievable? What are the pitfalls you need to be aware of? While New Year’s resolution has a cliched note to it, I look at it as that time of the year to take stock of your life, like an annual appraisal review one is so used to in office. To look at things that worked, at things that need tinkering and to rework and prioritize and plan your time to make life happen for you. Often the real life takes charge of us and we get involved in the small day-to-day often mundane things which really needs to be taken care of, and forget to step back and take the time off every once in a while, and look at a bigger picture which is equally important and goes a long way in achieving your dreams and goals in life.
In my experience, this stepping back and doing an audit is a time well spent, though it might look as a lot to invest in the beginning. Remember it is just a couple of hours you take away from your routine and use it to think about what you want to achieve, your goals for this year 2021 and focus on the action plan while keeping the goals flexible so you can finetune to make it practical and achievable. Finally this is what will get you to a path of success, to achieve your dream, to achieve your goals and to ace your professional and personal life.
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