Is that the smell of Spring in the air? (or is it becoming Autumn near you?)
It’s that glorious time where you really feel the change in the air. And it makes you want some changes in your life. I can’t explain it but I get the feeling of Spring Cleaning (or Fall Cleaning) when the days start to change.
So with the next 100 days, let’s find something really incredible for you to do. And I’ll identify some strategies to keep you on course.
3 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success
The number one way is to only choose one clearly defined goal. If you achieve it, you can start working on the next one. But if you try to work on too many at once, you’ll achieve nothing. One idea can change the world. There’s no awards for the number of achievements you hit in a short period of time.
Secondly, make it just a little bit beyond realistic so you can stretch for it. We can do more than we think we can. But our brains need to believe we can achieve it, or we lose motivation. But don’t be afraid to try something new. Just remember to break it down into small goals that you can achieve and build up confidence and momentum.
Finally, make sure it’s really your goal and not someone else’s that you think you should have. Because when things get tough, you want to connect back to your passion. It will help carry you over the humps. This is where your head and heart are aligned.
What Is Your Ideal Life?
This is the fun part.
Spend some time figuring out how you want your life to be. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do each day?
Go Super Big
Envision how you want your perfect life to be right now. This should be big and all encompassing.
Have a picture for all the different areas including:
- Business/career (owning your own business, being a director or vice president)
- Vocational (where you choose to work like healthcare or computers)
Spend some time meditating and reflecting on these.
What did you used to love doing. Who did you want to be growing up.
What are you doing now that you wish you weren’t. What aren’t you doing now that you wish you were.
Get creative and write a story about yourself. Make it very detailed. Or you could write a letter to a friend from the future letting them know everything you’ve been up to.
Now comes a potentially challenging question.
Being connected to your why will also help you maintain momentum when problems pop up.
There are no wrong answers. It could be as simple as to prove your naysayers wrong.
I bet you’ll find as you start achieving your goals that your “why” transitions into “So I can be the best version of me possible.”
Let’s start our plan
First, let’s choose one area and one goal to work on for the 100 days. As I mentioned earlier, you will have a greater chance of success when you focus everything on one goal rather than trying to make headway on lots of them.
Next, we need to break the dreams up into smaller steps. This will help you start putting actions on your calendar so you can do something every day towards your perfect life.
If you want to earn $3000, plan some steps for finding a way to earn extra money, and then how long it will take you to achieve it.
If you wanted to run in a marathon, you can’t just decide to do it right then and there. You need to find a race date, figure out when you need to register and finally train for the event. Training is a goal in itself that you can break up into a daily schedule.
So, figure out what you need to know to get to the next step. But don’t get bogged down in the details. It’s important to know what you need to do to get to your goal, but you don’t need to know everything.
Then take that next step. Don’t overthink this. And don’t worry about how you’re going to get to the end of a goal. Pretend that you’re in a car driving at night. You can only see what the headlamps illuminate. That’s how you should treat each next step while moving towards your goals.
Using the law of attraction
Usually, it’s not the money we want but rather something that the money can buy. So ask the Universe for what you really want.
And then be open to your life opening up in unexpected ways.
It’s important to open your mind. Ask the question “How can I solve this?” or “How can I make this better for myself?”
Try to reframe the negative as a positive, and then start writing down ideas. Write them down even if they’re crazy. It may lead you to a perfect solution.
When you ask an empowering question, you tap into your creativity and start thinking about solutions. When you ask a disempowering question, your mind starts looking for answers as to why you have the problem. And that doesn’t help you ignite your inner well-being.
Try to get yourself to come up with 10 or 20 solutions. The last ones will be rather difficult, but they will probably have your solution. Or brainstorm with a trusted friend. Two heads are better than one.
Spend time every day quietly visualizing you achieving your dream life. Remember you’re only working on one goal right now. However, it will keep you inspired to bring alive your ideal life full of your purpose.
Then feel grateful for all that you already have.
There’s an anecdote about a wealthy man who sent his son on a trip to the country with the sole purpose of showing him what it was like to be poor.
He spent a few days there, and upon returning home, his father asked what he had learned.
His son replied how poor they were because that family had four dogs instead of one, they had a creek with no end for playing in compared to one pool, and how they were poor because they had electric lights when the other family had all the stars in the sky.
What you have is enough. When you are grateful, the Universe gives you more.
Write down your goal every day in your journal. There is something magical about the physical act of writing that makes it come alive.
Make sure you spend some time every day working towards your goal. If you miss a day, please don’t be angry at yourself. And even more importantly, don’t give up.
Every day is a fresh start
Some people write the one goal on a card, and look at the card when they start to lose focus. It can be a trigger to snap back into mindfulness and get back to working on your dream life.
Often fear will manifest, or a sense of worthiness when you start making progress. You may find that you procrastinate and lose that wonderful momentum.
Now is the time to trick yourself.
Remember how The 5-Second Rule taught us to count down and launch yourself into the task without listening to those negative thoughts?
Or maybe you set a timer and start working on the task until the timer goes off.
And maybe you are best motivated when you see an appointment on your calendar. You can schedule time to work on your goal, and make it just as important as meeting with the boss.
You need to know yourself. And if you don’t, keep trying these tricks until you identify what motivates you to overcome procrastination.
Let me know what you’re going to work on!