“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well.

Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly.

Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature.

Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you.

Take the power to make your life happy.”

~ Susan Polis Schutz

Every single day the sun rises and sets. One more day passes. So here’s the question… On this particular day, did you take a step toward attaining your goals and dreams? Maybe you discovered something wonderful or really enjoyed yourself. However, the other possibility is that you simply let the day slip by pretty much unnoticed.

Maybe days, weeks, or even months pass when you don’t think about your own personal goals. If that’s the case, then the next question you must ask yourself is, “What am I waiting for?”

The good news is that you can start working to achieve your personal and professional desires today. They’re still there. Yoou still have them. They are just waiting for you!

Here are a couple of tips to help you take back control so you can live the life you desire:

1. Review your desired goals and write them down. Just to get yourself back on track, ponder your goals and jot them out. This way, you’ll be completely clear about what goals you still have a desire to work toward. Consider keeping a goal-setting journal .

2. Look at each goal in sequence. What do you need to do first to begin working toward Goal A? What would the next step be that would lead you to eventually achieve Goal A? Once you understand your path, you can follow it to accomplish everything you wish.

3. You are worth it! Acknowledge and accept this. Whatever, time, research, and money it takes to work toward your goals, you deserve it. Recognize this fact and remind yourself of it regularly.

4. Connect with the concept that you are in charge of your own life. The only person who can truly control your choices and decisions is you. How does that make you feel? Maybe it makes you feel a little excited or maybe a bit afraid? It’s okay to have fear. Just do not let your fears stop you in your efforts to accomplish your life aspirations.

5. Stop waiting! Avoid waiting any longer. Don’t let another day go by without doing something to make progress toward your chosen wishes. It’s going to feel good to get moving on your desires. You’ve got the controls in your hands now.

6. Celebrate your successes, even the small ones. Let’s say that on your wish list, you have written that you have always wanted to take a trip to Thailand. Last week you bought an audio CD to begin learning some basic Thai phrases. This week, you started saving $50 and vowed to save that amount each week toward your trip. Good for you! Why not cook up a Thai dinner to celebrate your efforts?

Acknowledge your progress toward your goals by celebrating along the way. Every milestone that you reach will help you realize how important it is to have dreams and desires. It will also motivate you to set your sights higher.

7. Infuse aspects of your life goals into each day. When you begin to focus on fulfilling life goals, you’ll find it necessary to think about them and maybe even talk about them each day. Remind yourself daily about what you’re doing-the progress you’ve made and what you want to do next to get even closer to your dreams.

8. Make a vision board. Cut out pictures that signify your goals and display them where you will see them regularlt. On the inside cover of your schedule book, or on the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror. Watch movies with subject matter or settings related to your goals. Keep your endeavors alive in your daily life. Keep the images fresh in your mind and in your vision. We talk about how to do this here.

When you stop waiting around for other people or situations to make your life “happen,” you can regain proper control over how you spend your time. Ensure you know exactly what goals you’re working toward and examine each goal in sequence. Visualize it fromstarting to work on it to finally achieving the end result you seek. Remind yourself that you are worth whatever it takes to achieve.

One of my personal mantras that I have used since I was a teenager is taped to my mirror. It says, “In order to accomplish something, you must be willing to do whatever it takes.”

Notice that it says “you,” not someone else. You! Acknowledge that only you are in charge of your life. Stop depending on other people, things or situations to change your life, and make it what you want it to be. Celebrate your progress toward goals and enmesh and intertwine aspects of your aspirations into your daily life.

Its time to get your act together. If you follow even a few of these tips, you will gain a renewed sense of control and focus over your life. Then, you’ll spend your days achieving your dreams, desires, and goals, instead of letting them slip by.


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