There is a student in my class who is spending a year in Toronto with his family. He told me that it was his dream to come to Canada and study English. He failed nine times in the past five years before getting the timing right. It was then he mentioned his simple method of achieving his goals. All he does is keep a notebook with his goals written down with the steps to achieve them and some notes about his feelings about his journey.
Focusing on certain goals for each aspect of his life — career, family, hobby, health, etc — he was able to visualize what was needed to be done.
Keeping the goal alone wasn’t going to work. That was more of a slogan of sorts. It could motivate and inspire but it wasn’t enough to send you in the right direction. We’re always looking for that magic moment to hit us with all its awe but it’s never going to come. Instead, you create it. Look at your goal and grind out the steps you believe are required to get it.
Revise when necessary. Set some deadlines but don’t make the whole darn thing a burden.
In addition, it was recommended to record your feelings about your progress. Reflection allows you to brainstorm some ideas and alternative routes.
As you noticed, there are no special tricks or secrets. It does work in the sense you are basically spitballing with yourself and it’s basically a more focused reflection. Sure, it’s going to take great discipline in trying to remind yourself to never lose course but it does help push through the block.
Last Thursday, during some downtime, I managed to outline my goals and what I wanted to achieve in each category. The highlight of my session was resurrecting an old story nugget and slapping together a new plot that got my creatives juices flowing. It’s going to be fun to write, win or lose.
And all this because I sat down and confronted myself. When in doubt, write it out. You never know what will happen unless you try. If you don’t, then you clearly know that you will obtain NOTHING. So, go ahead, indulge in one more useless purchase but this time make that notebook from the dollar store count for something.
Let’s hope it can pay off in the long run.