So I must confess, I spent a good portion of my adult life trying to decide what I wanted to do. I’ve got a few degrees, a few kids, I enjoy a lot of different things but nothing has ever really stood out to me as something I had enough skill, experience and passion for to make it a full-time gig. What I hadn’t realized is that throughout all of my working experience there was one thing in common, one specific skill that I have always used and have always been pretty great at: writing and creating content.
It was one evening a while back, I was sitting having tea with my husband and I tossed out the idea of starting a freelance writing and content creation company. His reaction: “Yes. That’s it! You’ve always been a great writer. I think you should totally do it.” This was an “aha” moment for me. The moment I decided that I was going to start taking action, make my company happen and never look back.
You know that old saying about good things coming to those who wait? Well that’s not entirely true about a successful company. You know what they (all those people with successful companies) say about success: it comes to those who bust their tails and make it happen. So that’s what I did. I started to take small, meaningful action steps, everyday to make my company successful.
“You know that old saying about good things coming to those who wait? Well that’s not entirely true…”
The point of this blog post is to inspire you to do the same. If there’s something that you want to achieve here are 3 steps to help you take your first meaningful action steps toward your goal:
- Write it down! If you think it, it’s a dream. If you write it down, it becomes a goal. The simple act of writing down your goal makes it more real. If you’re the type of person who has a hard time being accountable to yourself then write it down and share it with someone who can keep you accountable.
- Make it measurable! When writing down your goal make sure it’s a measurable goal. For example, let’s use my goal “To start a successful freelance writing and content creation company”. This goal is not measurable, but if I were to write “To start a freelance writing and content creation company that services at least 20 different clients and makes a net profit of $100,000 by January of next year”, that would be a measurable goal. You can take a look at where you are at the end of your timeline and determine whether or not you met your goal. Then you can take corrective action to get you where you want to be!
- Take action baby! All this goal setting is great; really important stuff but without action you’re unlikely to even come close to achieving your goal. Look at where you want to be at the end of your timeline and break it down into actionable steps along the way. You can break it down to monthly or weekly goals and figure out the action you need to take each day to meet those goals.
“Get moving and turn your dreams into goals.”
Now that you’ve got few steps to follow, get moving and turn your dreams into goals. Your life is waiting for you out there, take the action steps everyday that will move you closer to your goals, everyday…or don’t, totally up to you!