Brave New You

How to make things happen for yourself

From New Year’s resolutions to going after that long-awaited promotion, we all set goals for ourselves. It’s easy to want more for yourself, but it can be far more difficult to make your dream a reality. Here’s some of our best advice for reaching your goals, no matter what they are.

Prep for Success
Goals and dreams don’t just happen, we create them, so write out exactly what it is that you want to achieve. Then, make a list of exactly what you’re asking yourself to do to make it a reality. Breakdown your goal into realistic, doable steps and create a reasonable timeline in which to get them done.
If you’re having trouble getting started, research how others have achieved the same goal. Be honest with yourself about any fears you might have about failure and success and take into consideration that there will be missteps and setbacks along the way. They are a part of the process of getting what you want. You can even sign a contract with yourself to make your commitment to your goal official. Put it somewhere you will see it as a reminder.
Ask for Help
When you let people in on your goal, it generally gives your project legs. Others may, “know someone, who knows someone” who may be able to offer advice or opportunities. Plus, trusted friends and relatives can be cheerleaders and good listeners to help keep you on track when you need a boost. And it should go without saying, but there will always be naysayers. By all means avoid them and keep things moving in a positive direction. Leave the haters behind.  

Stay Focused
Stay focused to your goal by patting yourself on the back as you complete the smaller steps you created for yourself. Celebrate your follow through of the mini-goals that are a part of your overall success. If you hit an unexpected snag, don’t panic. Solving small problems along the way can become points of encouragement and a reminder to never give up on your goal.

Last, but certainly not least, stay positive! Journaling can be a powerful tool for focus and commitment. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come and looking back on your progress in your own words can serve as a great motivator. When it comes to getting what you want in life, only you can make it happen!

Daina Hulet spent ten years as the west coast editor for Glamour magazine covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She has also written freelance articles for national publications and created content for corporate fashion and beauty websites.

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