As you review the past year, you will probably remember both high and low moments in your personal life. These moments make up your personal story. How will you shape and mold your personal story in 2012?
Most people have a lot of wishes, dreams, and desires for the present and future. But to make those wishes and dreams into reality takes a lot of hard work.
What can you do to create the future of your dreams?
A wish or dream is just that without taking steps to make it happen. We all have wishes and dreams. Put them down on paper, listing all of them. Sort the list by importance and by realistic outcome. Then look at the top five wishes that matter to you which you have the ability to make happen. Example: I want to get a better job in 2012.
Goal setting is the most important step. You can wish and dream all day long but without goals, it’s hard to change the dreams into realities. Write down your top five wishes in a goal setting style. Example: I want to find a job that allows me to use my education.
Planning is the next step. Once you have set a goal, you have to plan the steps you will take to make your goal into reality. Example: I will need to find the best way to market myself to prospective employers.
Small steps are the best way to proceed. An online search might lead you in the right direction. Listing possible places to look is another step.
Example of small steps
- I will create a resume, listing my skills and education
- I will check the online ads and local classifieds first for any available openings
- I will use the Yellow Pages to find all potential employers
- I will research companies that fit my criteria and background
- I will submit resumes to my top 10 companies
- I will follow up with phone calls to the human resources department
- I will prepare for any interviews
- I will follow up interviews with thank you notes
Monitor progress to make sure that you are heading in the right direction. If your goal is finding a new job, are you taking steps every day toward that goal?
Adjust your plan as needed. You may really want a specific job but there may not be anything available in that field. Look at similar fields or other options for which you are qualified.
Ask for help if needed. If your search is coming up short, ask friends and neighbors for help. You may have a friend working for a company that is hiring. If you ask around, you might find more possible leads.
Reward yourself for small steps. If you’ve made progress, it’s okay to reward yourself but don’t forget the long term goals you have. It’s easy to get distracted from your goals when you see you’re making progress.
Don’t lose sight of your goals. Let your forward progress keep you moving forward. Carry your list of goals with you and look at it daily. Imagine yourself reaching your goals. Talk to others about your goals. Don’t lose sight of what you want.