May Day has been celebrated around the world since ancient times. It’s a celebration of Spring, and marks the half way point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Seedlings that were planted in the Spring are beginning to sprout. Are you seeing progress with your goals?
Achieving goals isn’t always easy. But there are a few necessary steps that create habits which lead to success with any goal.
1. Never wait until conditions are perfect. Conditions will NEVER be perfect. If you’re using excuses such as the timing is off, or things just don’t feel right, than your FEARS are controlling the situation. Look at why you are procrastinating and face the fears. Nike’s slogan is “Just Do It.” So acknowledge the fear and do it anyway. There is no time like NOW to get started! What is the worst thing that could happen if you did start?
2. Take Action. It’s easy to have brilliant ideas; it’s difficult to take action towards achieving them. You can think and visualize all you want, but without any action steps your goal will never be anything more than a daydream. Each day determine 3-5 action steps towards your goal. We achieve success by taking baby steps towards them. Each step takes you closer to your goal. Many people get caught up in wanting to know the entire path to their goal. They never take the first step because they cannot see the entire game plan. Your job is to begin taking steps towards the goal and THEN the next steps are revealed.
3. Stimulate your Creative Engine. Sometimes we have brilliantly inspired ideas, but not always. You don’t have to wait until inspiration strikes to get started. While in art class it was sometimes difficult to summon up ideas for class assignments. I would have to look outside myself for inspiration – I might get a piece from something I saw or a texture and the project would build. That’s the beauty of the creative process; there may be an idea when we begin, but when it’s finished it’s very different from the original inspiration. If you have an idea find ways to build it; brainstorm with other people, or sit down and write about it, scribble or doodle. Movement will help move the creativity within.
4. Focus on the Present Moment. Most of the fear people experience is the fear of the future. Stop feeling guilty for what you should have done (the past) or what you could do if conditions were perfect (the future) and focus on what you can do NOW! When you are distracted by the past or future you avoid the present. It’s easy to get caught up in the “would have’s” and “could have’s”. Stop dwelling on the past and future by consciously transforming those thoughts to “what can I work on right now to change my situation.” The present is a gift. It’s all we have, so make the most of it.
Achieving goals takes self-discipline, courage, and action. Each step you take moves you closer to achieving your goals. Celebrate May Day by reviewing what you began at the Spring Equinox and take charge of your future by facing your fears, following through with daily action, stimulating your creativity, and focusing on the present moment. These simple steps will help you achieve more as they become a daily habit.