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Success through your Habits – Goals – Dreams ~

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re off to a roaring start for 2015.

Here’re some helpful tips to align your habits, goals, even dreams, to accomplish what you seek.

It’s 2015, and it’s a fresh start.

As we wipe the slate clean, we look back at last year.  Maybe we had goals, maybe we didn’t. Maybe we hit our goals, maybe we didn’t.   Some of us made new good habits, and some of us made some new bad habits.

A few of us achieved our New Year’s Resolutions, and most us didn’t.  And some of us, gave up on trying to bother with goals and New Year’s Resolutions.

After all, the stats are stacked against us.

But they don’t need to be.  I think the solution is to think a little bit differently about how goals, dreams, habits, and inspiration work together.

In fact, it’s time to put it all together.

What You Need to Know About Dreams, Goals, and Habits

Before you set goals, you need to have dreams.  Without a compelling dream that inspires you with purpose and passion, your goals will fall flat.  They will have nothing that helps them hang together into a bigger story for you. The goals are just the stepping stones to your dreams.

To support your goals, you need a habits that work with you, or at least that don’t work against you.

You can think in terms of three types of actions:  daily habits, goals, and inspired actions.  If you just have a habits, you’ll never wake up one day on top of Mt. Everest.   That’s the stuff dreams and goals are made of.  Doing some of these amazing things in your life takes deliberate action and intentional goals.   But if you don’t have habits that support t you, you’ll most likely miss your  goals.  And, if you don’t have big dream to keep pulling you through all the thick, and thin, you’ll also have a tough time with your habits, your goals, and any New Year’s Resolutions.  And, at the same time, you need a way to act on inspiration, without relying all the time for lightening to strike.

So to recap, your big, bold dreams with passion and purpose pull you where you want to be, and what you want to look back on.  Your goals help you chunk up your changes into meaningful milestones.  Your  daily habits help you invest in the right direction, while learning and improving.  And when inspiration strikes, you want to have a simple way to turn it into results, or use it to leap frog your goals, or innovate in your habits.

How Habits Fit In

Some people don’t reach their goals or New Year’s Resolutions, because they didn’t build any habits.  They don’t have any habits to support them, and they take on too much change, all at once.

I had some extreme fitness goals last year.  What made any of my goals possible, was that I had started a few simple habits.  One of them was to wake up 30 minutes earlier, and do a 30 minute workout.   If I didn’t wake up earlier, then I wouldn’t be able to do my workout.  And, if I didn’t do my workout, then I wouldn’t reach my fitness goals.  I made working out in the morning a habit, where it was something I just did, like brushing my teeth.

I didn’t over-complicate it.  I kept it simple.  Over time, I found ways to make it easier and easier to just wake up and workout.

Another habit I added was adding green vegetable juice to my day.   Me and vegetables don’t get along, but I needed to add more vegetables to my diet to reach my fitness goals.    I turned it into a mini-habit, where in the afternoon I would hit the juice bar to get some think time, and to have a large spinach + ginger + pineapple juice.   I’m not sure how much spinach it is, but I see a lot of handfuls go into the making.  Related, I swap fries for salads, and I’m gradually adding more green goodness to my daily diet.

Because these aren’t really goals, and simply my habits, I focus on learning and adapting, and getting a little better each time.  It’s an investment that adds up in my favor, and it makes it easier for me to add goals to my life, because I have a baseline of successful habits supporting me underneath.

Remember ~ Habits are good – Dreams are the Spark to Make them

Habits are great.  They help us move in the direction we want to go.    But sometimes we have a dream.  A dream that’s worth fighting for.   We have an outcome that we want, and we want it this year (or this quarter, or this month, or this week.)

Sometimes we have a dream that takes concentrated effort, and we need to go above and beyond the call of duty of our everyday habits.

With the right habits, we can move in the right direction.  But without an inspiring dream, and without goals, we may not achieve the crescendos in our life.

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

How Dreams and Goals Fit In

A good way to think about dreams, goals, habits, and inspired action is “better together.”  The dream is the vision that inspires you.  It needs to reflect your passion and your purpose, and it needs to be actionable and believable.

You can have a dream for your career, a dream for your health, a dream for your relationships, etc.

Once you have a dream that you believe in and that can inspires you and pulls you forward, you can chunk it down into goals.  The goals are simply your meaningful milestones, or the stepping stones or the mile markers on your journey.  They are a way to see and feel your progress, and to funnel your focus along the way.

And, of course, when you have a meaningful dream, you can add habits that help support you.  After all, trying to achieve a goal, where there are no habits supporting you, is a setup for failure.  And, having habits without any goals or any dreams to inspire or pull you forward, may get lost along the road to good intentions.

In my experience, the habits that I stick with and invest with the best, and the ones where my big dream is pulling me forward.  I know that I can invest and learn in my habits while moving toward the end in mind.

Putting It All Together

Dream big so that you have a vision to hold on to and scenes in your mind that pull you forward.

Have a dream for the big areas in your life that you want to change, whether it’s your career, health, finances, etc., and make sure it reflects your passion and your purpose.  Also, make sure that it’s consistent with living your values and living the life-style you want to lead.

Have goals that help you chunk up your dreams into achievable chunks of change.  For example, if you know your dream for a year from now, then what might it look like at 6 months?  What might it look like at 3 months? What would a simple start be to make progress this month?

If you want to skip goals, then by all means do so, but at the end of the year, you may very well be disappointed if you try to look back on meaningful milestones or meaningful results.  Goals help you put a bow on things, and they help you appreciate and acknowledge your efforts.

Habits are a great way to move toward your ultimate goal, and to chip away at your dreams, by building your capabilities and confidence.  They also help you turn behaviors into automatic things that you don’t have to think about (you don’t worry about brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc.)   They also are a powerful tool that support goals, and dreams.

As awesome as habits are, maybe the real thing to keep in mind is that you won’t learn the violin or become a doctor or find yourself on the top of Mt. Everest with habits alone.   And, by the same token, you won’t learn the violin, become a doctor, or make it up Mt. Everest, if you don’t have the habits that support you on your journey.

So once again, dreams –> goals –> habits.

You are free to skip any part of the approach, but now you know what you’ll be missing.

And, you can also use the right tool for the job.

Dream big for 2015 and Live Boundrylessly !!

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

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Reflect for Success ~

Enjoying Success

Enjoying Success

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share a tip that has helped me reach my personal goals easier.

Wanted to share another tip with you.

Usually before going to bed, I’ll reflect while asking myself a couple of questions to evaluate my day.

1. Did my actions today help me, (along with others, have found as we help others, it comes back to help us too!) get closer to my longer term goals?

After answering ..

2. Think about what you could have done differently with relating to others.

Don’t think too heavy, just a light review, to adjust your priorities (or mini-goals) to keep you on track toward your long term goals.

This also helps me from getting caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of a busy life.

Please share your tips or ideas for success in the comments section for others to learn from.

Here’s to living a Boundrylessly Successful Life !

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

How Bad do you really WANT your Dream ? !

Hi Folks,

Been traveling, but wanted to share something REALLY motivating with you that I always use to get that Inspiration and Determination flowing….Hope it does it for you too 😉

Here’s a short video to help get your motivation flowing and your excuseds going bye – bye !

.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BKs4E4Bul0

 

How Bad to You Want your Dream ? !

How Bad to You Want your Dream ? !

Have you Discovered your True Calling ?!

The-Direction-Of-Your-Dreams

The-Direction-Of-Your-Dreams

Hi Folks,

Was reading a great post that wanted to share with you.

Are you enjoying Living your Dreams?!

Here’s how….by an inspiring man ….. Brian Tracy.

This post is unedited and is Brian’s original post….hope it helps you too !

How to Find Your True Calling

By Brian Tracy

Your success in life will be largely determined by your ability to find your true calling, the right work for you to do, and then putting your whole heart into doing it very well.

The happiest people are those who have carefully thought through who they are, what they want, where they are going, and then decided exactly what they need to do to get to their goal. Asking yourself five targeted questions can help you home in on whatever path is right for you.

#1: What do I do easily and well?

When you are seeking your true calling, you must look at the activities that have always been easy for you but which have been difficult for others. Often, you will get comments and compliments on how well you do a particular task. You will be surprised when you hear those remarks, because you never even thought about it that much. It just seemed natural for you from the very beginning.

My daughter is a natural and spontaneous little actress. From the time she was three or four years old, she has memorized lines and acted in every school play and function that has ever come up. In fact, by the time she was six, she was memorizing every line in the school play, not only her own but the lines of every other child. When the other children forgot their lines, Christina would whisper them and keep the play on track.

When Christina was 11 years old, she appeared at a city council meeting and gave a speech in favor of a permit allowing her school to expand. She stood up at the meeting, on a chair, in front of 150 adults, and gave an impassioned little talk. As a result, the permit was granted – and Christina was on the front page of two newspapers the following day.

#2: What are the things that I have done in life that have been most responsible for my success?

In looking back over your work and your activities, what are the things you have done that have given you the greatest rewards and satisfaction? If you work for a company, what are the activities you have engaged in that have achieved the very best results for yourself and your company? Your previous success experiences are signposts pointing to the sort of things that you should be doing more and more of if you want to deploy yourself more fully for greater happiness and satisfaction in life.

#3: What would I do differently, knowing what I know now?

Is there anything that you are currently doing that you wouldn’t start up again if you had to do it over? Is there any relationship that you are in that you wouldn’t get into if you could make the choice today? Is there any job or part of any job that you are doing that you would not embark upon, knowing what you now know, if you had to do it over?

As many as 95 percent of people working today are under-employed, not working to their full capacity for themselves and their companies. Only 5 percent, when interviewed, will say that they are working fully extended at their current job. Only 5 percent feel that their entire potential is being consumed and that they are working on the outer edge of their abilities. These people also tend to be the happiest, the highest paid, and the most fulfilled in any organization or enterprise.

#4: What work would I choose to do if I won a million dollars, cash, in the lottery tomorrow?

This is a question I sometimes ask my seminar audiences. When you hear this question, your gut reaction is a good indicator of where you are today and possibly where you should be going in the future. Most people, when they think of winning a million dollars, think of quitting their current job and doing something else. There is nothing wrong with that. Since most people have backed into their current jobs, taking them because they just happened to be there at the time a job was needed, most people probably should be doing something else.

Napoleon Hill once said the key to success in America is to find out what you really enjoy doing, and then find a way to make a good living at it. What do you most love to do?

Successful people don’t feel like they work at all. They are doing what they love to do, and they are so busy doing it that their work becomes their play. Their work life and their personal life blends together like a hand fitting neatly into a glove. There is no separation. They are totally committed individuals who are accomplishing far more in a shorter period of time than the average person who is merely going through the motions.

#5: If I were absolutely guaranteed tremendous success in any job I chose, what field would I go into?

One of the major reasons people hold themselves back from doing what they are truly meant to do is that they are afraid they will fail in some way. And being afraid that you will fail is the surest guarantor that you will fail.

But what if you are absolutely guaranteed success in any field you choose? What would it be? What would you want to do if you had unlimited time, unlimited resources, and guaranteed success?

The answer to that question should cause you to tingle a little bit. It should make your stomach flutter. It should send a thrill of excitement and anticipation through you that tells you this is the job you should be doing.

Asking and answering the above five questions can change your life.

You have within you talents and abilities so vast that you could never use them all if you lived to be a thousand. You have natural skills and talents that can enable you to overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal you could ever set for yourself. There are no limits on what you can be, have, or do if you find your true calling.

When you become one of the few people who are doing what they love to do, who are totally absorbed in doing something they really care about, you will make more progress in a couple of years than the average wage slave makes in five or 10 years. You will come to the attention of people who can help you and open doors for you. You will be happy and fulfilled in both your work and your personal relationships. You will have more energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. You will unlock your true potential, and your future will become unlimited.

[Ed. Note. Brian Tracy has accumulated over four decades of studying the success habits of successful people. He has then taken these practices to train groups, both individual and large corporations what is necessary to make personal success simple. He has offered his guidance as one of the ETR Transformation Contest experts, find out about Brian Tracy and his expertise here.]

Here’s to Living the Life of your Dreams ~ Boundrylessly !!

Live the Life of Your Dreams !!

Live the Life of Your Dreams !!

Happy New Year Everyone !!

Wishing everyone a prosperous Boundryless Happy New Year of Dreams coming True as you fully awaken your Potential !!

Happy New Year of Dreams Come True and Potential Realized !!

Happy New Year of Dreams Come True and Potential Realized !!