The Most Difficult Step
Setting goals are the first step your "living the dream". It is vital to achieving what you have always desired to have or desired to be. Although setting goals to help paint a clearer picture of your future, it only keeps you motivated for so long. You may get bored after some time, and eventually completely lose your way around. If you want to be successful, that is something you should avoid. Here are a few tips so you won't steer away from the goals you've always wanted to pursue.
Identify your goals. First, be clear about what you really want. Do not settle with other's opinion about what you want to achieve. What matters here is what you want to do in life, and if it motivates you to become successful. By all means, stop listening to others who don't really know what you desire, and start planning out your dream.
Break the goal into pieces. Some of your goals may look too big and impossible to accomplish and that's another reason why you might your eyes off your goals. When it already seems too impossible, analyze your goal piece by piece. See what you can do about it; sometimes, you just need to reset.
Get organized. This part is actually self-explanatory but often neglected. I assume you have already chosen the top priorities on your list of goals. If you ever feel lost in the whirl of your responsibilities, grab a free app where you can look back to your original purpose with your goal. Apps like Google Docs or Evernote are really helpful.
Get an accountability partner. You know who to talk to when all else fails. Yes, that person can be your accountability partner in setting and realizing your goals. Telling someone about your goals will help remind you of what you need to do to get towards your dreams. That person will also remind you to work hard and motivate you to get back up when you feel discouraged.
Avoid toxic energy. Toxic energy can be found everywhere from people around you, your work, your environment, or even a Facebook post that stressed you out. You can always choose to ignore them. Remember the 90/10 principle by Stephen Covey. It states that 10% of life is made up of what happens to you, and 90% of life is decided by how you react. Whenever you perceive anything toxic coming your way, avoid them as soon as possible.
Holding on to your goal can be very challenging; however, that is the only way for you to see your dreams unfold in front of you, one after another.