I write a lot about New Year Resolutions. A lot. I write about them at, er, New Year, but I also write about them at many other times of year, because I think they are fraught with danger in the goal achievement arena. This is just one of those articles, prompted by a run in the sunshine…
Late January, a lovely mild sunny day, with the recent snowfall pretty much gone. I decided I needed to go for another run, so set off on my route down to the water near me. There are always lots of people walking down there, and as I saw one man feeding the gulls, I decided to take a picture.
It took me a while to decide to take the picture, and by the time I managed it the picture was in the same league as my running – not very good! You can just about see the gull though, soaring on the breeze, and it’s that image on a late January day that prompted me to write….
So, did you make any New Year Resolutions? If you did, how are they going? Failed already, maybe dismissed with a laugh? Well, if that’s the case, the rest of the year is likely to go the same way, meaning the same actions getting the same results (they usually do!)
Instead of letting that happen, why not take inspiration from the soaring seagull and let your dreams soar!
Most people never really go for their dreams, because they fail on one or more of the vital steps of the process.
Belief – if you don’t have the belief, you’ll either never even start towards your goals, or you’ll give up at the first obstacle. You need to believe both that the goal will happen, and that you are worthy of it happening to you.
If you think it only happens to others, get rid of that idea.
Define your goal, work out the steps needed to get there, all the way backwards to where you are now, and then take action by moving on that first step. Then keep going.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it! It sounds *too* simple for many people, who dismiss it as clap happy nonsense, with no connection to the gritty realities we often have to deal with.
I have written for years, that setting out on this path will not guarantee the result – I have no illusions about those gritty realities. Yes, they exist. Yes, they will pop up at the most inconvenient times. Yes, they may stop you getting where you want to go.
However, as much as any life realities *may* stop you getting what you really want, doing nothing certainly *will* stop you getting what you really want.
We live in a world full of amazing opportunity. Technological advances mean we can connect with each other all over the world at minimal cost. If you are reading this, it’s likely you have opportunities only dreamt of by previous generations, and not even dreamt of today by millions and millions around the world who don’t have the chances you have.
Not me, this article isn’t about my goals, it’s about yours. If you’ve fallen for the New Year Resolution trick, again, then take the decision that this is the year you will make your dreams soar – what’s stopping you?
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