Summer is officially in full swing and I’m sure, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a whole list of things you would like to accomplish: tackle that mountain of books on the end table, get out of debt, learn to surf, get rid of clutter, write that novel you’ve been thinking about for years…
But let’s be honest. Summer goals are simply the warm weather equivalent of New Year’s resolutions, well intentioned but not well planned.
But this year, I want things to be different for you (and for me). I want you to have a summer you can be proud of. So here are three proven strategies to help you dominate your dreams, goals and to-do lists.
#1 Get Clear On Your Objective
Start by asking, “what kind of summer do I want to have?” What is the most important thing you want to be able to say you’ve done by the end of summer?
Whatever it is, write it down and put it someplace you’ll see it every day. When you are clear on what’s most important, it becomes easier to say no to “opportunities” that would otherwise take you off track.
#2 Map Out The Directions
Remember when you had to use paper maps to map out directions before going anywhere? The same is still required for the journey towards your dreams. Without a route mapped out, you end up wasting a lot of time and energy on counterproductive paths.
So write down everything you know you need to do to get from here to your dream. If you’re not sure where to start, ask someone who’s been there or Google it.
The more specific you can get with your directions, the quicker you’ll reach your destination. So break those steps down into the smallest tasks you can think of and assign deadlines to each of them.
#3 Identify The Obstacles
I love that Google Maps allows me to view live traffic. It lets me proactively plan my route around accidents and construction so I don’t waste time or gas on traffic or detours.
You should be doing the same thing when it comes to pursuing your dreams. Go back to the directions/plan you mapped out in step two, what obstacles can you foresee?
Does a certain step on the list bring about anxiety? Worried you don’t have the skill set required for step five? Need a little extra cash for step ten? Make a note next to those steps along with suggestions to tackle the obstacles.
While you’ll never be able to foresee every step you need to take or every obstacle that will cross your path, establishing a clear set of directions at the start of your journey will get you moving in the right direction sooner and keep you there longer.
If you found the above helpful and want some help digging deeper, grab a copy of the new Make “Someday” Today E-Workbook. It will walk you through the clarity process, help you identify and overcome obstacles, formulate an action plan and seek out effective accountability.