ACHIEVE YOUR PERFECT LIFE; With Goal Setting
VIDEO SERIES; Part 1
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Some of the best advice I’ve ever received came second hand from El Carino’s mentor:
If you have an idea, jump in, do it, and figure out the details later.
This may appear reckless and is not meant to apply to irresponsible and dangerous activities. So I am assuming you will use some personal judgement with this advice.
When I was younger, I was plagued with fears; What if I can’t find a career path?, What if I fail?, What if I’m not good enough? etc. These fears kept me from realizing my potential as a young adult. Does this sound familiar?
Now, many years later, I have completely changed.
Ignore Your Fears
Over time, I have learned how to achieve tremendous success by setting goals and ignoring my fears.
Here are some of my recent fears and what I did about them.
FEAR: Wanted to get an MBA, but was scared.
ACTION: Took the GMAT, applied to the University, started by taking one course, and completed the program in 2008 with a 3.9/4.0 GPA.
FEAR: Wanted to start a blog, but was scared.
ACTION: Wrote 20 posts, spent $2.00, and downloaded Building a Better Blog, by Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar. Hired a “blog set up” guy, from that book, and started Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.com.
FEAR: Wanted to teach Finance at an MBA program.
ACTION: Pulled together a professional vita. Culled the local colleges for professor positions, applied, and was hired.
FEAR: Wanted to start a YouTube Video channel and create a series of videos.
ACTION: Got a video camera for my holiday present. Set the video up on my file cabinet. Shot the video, Have the Best Holiday Ever; Say No to Holiday Spending
After this one, I shot several more and improved the quality of each one.
Obviously, I hit roadblocks along the way, and the process was difficult. But with persistence and diligence, I kept going no matter what.
- Set your priority and decide what you want.
- Write it down.
- Break the goal into smaller steps.
- Write each step down.
- Do one step now.
When fears, and reasons not to start creep in, and they always do, ignore the negative voice that is screaming; what if you fail, what if you can’t do it, what if it’s a waste of time, what if it’s a waste of money. Set the goals and get started.
That’s it, no fancy system, just get started.
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What is your strategy for goal setting and overcoming your fears? Do you have a 5 year plan?