If you now have an amazing inspiring vision of the life you were meant to live…. If you have engaged the magic of the Universe your future is pulling you towards your ideal life….. If you’ve looked at your present reality and you’ve considered what to take with you into the future and what to leave behind…… If you’ve made a list of 100 goals and set five very specific intentions of what you’d like to accomplish in the next few months….. If you’ve created some tools and a daily practice to keep you focused……. Now what?
Are you ready for the journey? Are you ready to take action? Do you have any lingering fears or doubts that need to be dealt with? Are they real problems that might compromise your ability to take the actions you need to take to achieve your goals? Do you have to deal with them before you can step out confidently toward your future?
Or are they just boogeymen, monsters in the closet that will disappear as soon as you turn the light on or as soon as morning comes? Are they just irrational thoughts and imaginary hurdles that are holding you back?
It’s too easy to put things off, waiting until absolutely everything is perfect. Everything will never be perfect. Don’t let paralysis by analysis set in. Don’t wait to get your ‘ducks in a row’ before taking action. Don’t wait till the time is right, till you lose weight, save money, retire, move….the list of possible excuses is endless. Sometimes you just have to take a leap and trust that the Universe will provide you with wings.
Your bucket list may contain, if you did it according to my suggestion, one hundred things you’d like to have, do or be. That’s a lot and it might be overwhelming. But you’ve also identified five things that you’d like to work on right now. Five things are manageable.
Your immediate goals might be small things like using your fine china for everday meals (a great goal by the way, because you are certainly worthy of the very best). That’s a fairly simple goal. You decide you want to do it and you do it. Okay, perhaps there are a few details to be worked out, like getting it out of storage, washing it, making room for it in the kitchen cupboards, having a yard sale to get rid of the current every day dishes, buying new napkins and placemats to go with it, and oh yeah, definitely new cutlery.
Suddenly, using your fine china seems like a much bigger goal, doesn’t it? Really, some things don’t have to become gigantic multi-year projects. Some things are ‘just do it’ goals. Just get out the china and start using it. Get rid of the old stuff, buy new napkins and cutlery when it seems right. Make a decision and act on it. You must have one or two goals that you can do RIGHT NOW! Right this minute. Put this book down and go do one of them! Right now! I’ll wait!
You’re back. Congratulations! You’ve accomplished one of your 100 goals. Did you cross it off your list and congratulate yourself? No? Well go do it now. I like to use bright colored highlighters just because it makes me happy to see all the bright colors as I cross them off. So go and cross it off your list and give yourself a big hug for getting it done. Go on! I’ll wait!
Some goals really can be that easy. Some goals are easy but require persistence. You can’t really cross a goal like that off your list until you’ve done it on a fairly consistent basis and it has become part of your life.
For example, in your Ideal Day you may have had a ritual of sitting down with a cup of tea, quiet music playing and reading for an hour before bed. You may have included that evening routine in your list of 100 goals. One evening of doing that does not warrant crossing it off your list. But if you do it fairly consistently, perhaps four out of seven nights for a month, so that it feels like an important part of your routine, then you would probably feel justified in taking a nice bright pink highlighter and crossing it off your list.
Do you have any goals like that? Which one could you start making part of your life today? You don’t have to do them all at once. Just start with one and do it consistently until it becomes a habit and you’d feel like something was missing if you skipped a day. Then cross it off your list and choose another.