I’ve always been a visionary. I specialize in dreaming up big plans for my future. Now implementing these plans is another story. And I’m not alone. Many of us struggle with getting the vision out of our heads, onto paper and into reality.
According to statistics published by www.flokka.com, an online community for business women, only 3% of women actually sit down and plan out their goals. Sobering statistics considering that 100% of us have goals that we want to achieve!
If you’re like me, then you probably wonder how to get started in putting those dreams into motion. Here are a few tips to stop just dreaming amazing dreams, and start living an amazing life:
• Write down your goals. This simple step is a critical start to making a change. Whether it’s starting a new business, going back to school or buying a new home, writing your goals is key.
• Crystalize your dreams with a vision board. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy phrase “vision board.” It’s just a poster board you create that depicts your ideal life. Find pictures online or in magazines that show what achieving your goal looks like. There are even apps compatible with smart phones that you can download to help you. Be sure to put this visual reminder up somewhere prominently as motivation.
• Find a mentor to help you connect the dots. Not sure what steps you need to take to see your dreams through? Find someone who’s paved the way and have them mentor you. Mentoring is more than a touchy-feely motivational idea – it’s proven business sense. According to the American Society of Training and Development, 75% of executives say that mentoring was key to their success. And according to Fortune Magazine, 76% of Fortune 25 companies have mentoring programs.
It will be easy for them to help you map your way since they’ve successfully done it themselves.
• Use a schedule to discipline yourself. A plan is no good if you don’t implement it. Make sure you make time in your schedule every week to work toward your goals. Treat your daily scheduled time like a “can’t miss” appointment with your supervisor. Try to schedule a time when the kids are in bed and all your family obligations have been met.
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, mommy. But if you really believe in your dreams, take the needed action to launch those dreams!
Mommies, what recent actions have you taken to make your dreams come true?
Words By: Yolanda Darville