The excitement sets in – you’ve finally made the decision to work toward something you’ve been wanting to do for a while now!
Good for you! You totally got this…
There is, however, one thing I’d suggest before you take too many steps forward. One of the best things we can do to set ourselves up for a successful journey is to learn and prepare as best we can for the journey we’re about to embark on.
When one makes the decision to work toward a goal, many times immediate action is taken – and, believe me, I am ALL for taking action … how would we accomplish our goals otherwise, right? But, there is something to be said for taking strategic action! Thought and preparation will create a strong starting foundation – and you deserve that!
Patience has always been hard for me – I am very much a “doer”… a woman with a vision! I take pride in being a risk taker, but one thing I’ve learned over the years is how I could have prevented many of the challenges I’ve faced if I had taken strategic action…calculated risks.
If you are reading this and you are ready to take action toward accomplishing your goal, here are 3 tips to help you prepare for your exciting venture!
1. Learn about what you are pursuing – whether it is motherhood, a degree, a career change, starting a business. Read articles, invest in an informational class or purchase a few books on the topic. Knowledge is power…preparation.
2. Chunk it down. You have a big picture and vision, but you also want to break down your goal into several ‘mini goals’ so you are taking consistent action. It’s like walking up a staircase – step by step and then you make it to the top! This also helps to prevent feeling overwhelmed or even becoming stagnant.
3. Determine a way you plan to track your progress. Will you have a notepad where you record “check in notes” to be sure you are moving forward? Will you have a calendar where you post your ‘mini goal’ dates? Or maybe you want to choose someone in your life as your accountability partner. Establishing this all before you take off on your journey will not only increase motivation, but will also help to prevent ‘falling off the wagon’ down the line.
Patience and preparation, then press on!