Resolutions, Goals, Dreams, Intentions – Using them all together for optimum results
Now this is the option I personally prefer for creating optimum results:
DREAM, lots – to work out what you really want. Take time, try out your dreams for size. Change them, have new ones that are the complete opposite. I like to think of this as being a way to ‘try before you buy’. Imagine yourself in the new job, the new house…whatever it is and see if it feels right to you. I’ve done this with lots of my dreams and realised I don’t really want them and make changes to the dream itself before I even think about taking action to make it happen.
Set your INTENTION – now you are clearer about your direction you will start to naturally notice opportunities to move you along the right path. Start putting your dream into words, state your intention either to yourself or to others. At this point you are ready to create your vision. This may be in words, pictures or both.
GOALS – create a series of goals that will move you forward. Make each realistic and set a date for completion. Be precise about what you are working on. You may find one huge goal motivating or you may be better off breaking it down into a hundred small goals that you can achieve and celebrate. Whatever your goal size make sure your actions towards the goal are broken down as small as you can and remember to think about all the options available to you. Though I’ve said to make your goals realistic there is a caveat to this as sometimes realistic can just be downright boring. This is where it really helps to know yourself well. Will realistic reassure and encourage you or do you need the thrill and excitement of working towards something that seems wildly impossible and challenging?
RESOLUTION – make resolutions to complete the actions that will achieve your goals. These are the things you have to do to make progress and nine times out of ten only you can take the action.
Finally REVIEW – check that the dream, intention, goals and resolutions are still heading in the same direction. Does imagining turning that dream into reality still excite you?