How to do what you want, if you really want to.
Sometimes you want to do something so bad but it just seems too impossible, distant or out of reach. You can feel like you’re unworthy, not educated or qualified enough, or feel like someone else would be better or more respected for doing that thing that you want to do.
Focusing only on the ultimate goal, the end game, can be just too intimidating because it seems so far off or impossible from where you’re standing right now.
You have the power to take complete control over making your dream come true, or not.
What’s the answer to how to do what you want, if you really want to?
Keep the idea of your ultimate goal out there but take your focus and refocus it on taking small steps that lead you closer to your goal. You don’t have to do it all in one fail swoop. Just move a little closer to it each day or each week.
So, what do you want?
Want to live a stress-free life?
Do something relaxing every day, meditate, take a walk in the park, take a bubble bath with scented candles.
Want to start a new, or build a better, business?
Schedule time to research strategies and ideas – being certain to include taking action (not just research) – every week.
Want to write?
Then write. 500 words a day doth a writer make.
You can prioritize whatever you want and if you are moving toward it on a regular basis, sure enough, you’ll get there.
To prioritize and move closer to what you want (what you really, really want), all you have to do is what everyone else does (I know, they make it look so simple. Right? Well, it is).
Do the Doing of It
Make a plan, and do it. The difference between those who take and those who don’t is all in the doing of it.
Let’s say you wanted to publish a novel (you can use these steps to achieve any goal)
1. Write down what you want
Publish a novel
2. Break down your steps in miniature, each one moving you closer
Create a main storyline plot
Create character profiles for key players and their roles
Create an outline of major events (or chapters)
Write the first chapter as a rough draft
Write the second chapter (rough draft)
Followed by subsequent chapters…
Revise each chapter, flushing out the characters, dialogues, and interplay… (one chapter at a time)
Edit each chapter in succession, one-at-a-time.
3. Determine how much time you will have to allocate for moving toward what you want (daily, weekly, monthly)
I will set aside one hour each day to write my novel, a little each day.
4. Make dates with what you want, set times and dates to keep with yourself for the doing
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. weeknights
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on weekends
There you have it.
Make time every day for the doing, and every day you’re closer than you were the day before. Before you know it, your first novel is ready to submit.
Then you can,