It’s two weeks into the new year – by now, hopefully, you have put some thought into the things you want to accomplish this year. This is the year to put yourself first. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you should put off your goals and dreams any longer. Whether it’s starting your own business, making a career change, or going to school, just do it. However, there are certain measures that should be taken before jumping into something new. Research should be at the top of the list.
Don’t try and reinvent the wheel – do the research. Decide what it is that you want to accomplish, and make a plan that works for YOU. Look up the tools needed to be successful. If you’re trying to start up a business, take the time you will need to get everything in order into consideration. You want to have everything in place before your debut date. Study your competition, learn what makes them successful. If you’re looking to change careers or start school, find out what paperwork you need to get in order and if there are any deadlines you need to meet. Refresh your resume, complete certifications, maybe even brush up on certain skills.
Even though I started this blog on a whim (well, not really) I knew I wanted to start it, but the date was constantly being pushed back. I did a great amount of research. I read countless articles on how to start a blog. I looked into different hosting sites and read their reviews. Once I knew for sure I was going to start this blog, I took a pen and notepad and wrote down what I wanted to accomplish with this blog. Who was my target audience? What message was I trying to convey? Once I answered those questions, I did it! I was nervous and a little unsure, but I took to my laptop and wrote my first blog post.
There’s nothing wrong with experiencing doubt and fear; it’s natural, but don’t let it knock you off your track. Make a plan and stick to it. Set goals for yourself, both short term and long term. Hold yourself accountable, and if you don’t have that level of discipline just yet, get yourself an accountability partner. Surround yourself with those of like minds. If you’re married or in a relationship, tell your partner your plans and ask them to encourage you along the way. If you don’t have a significant other, tell your family, friend or maybe join a group on social media. Even though this is a personal journey, you don’t have to do it alone.
After you take that initial step, everything else seems to fall into place. It won’t happen overnight and you will have some bumps in the road, but keep pushing! You owe it to yourself to give it a shot. I hope this has helped give you that extra push you needed to put your plan in motion and go after what you deserve.
Let me know in the comments some of your goals for this year.
til next time…