It’s not that people don’t have dreams or ideas that could be wildly successful. It’s that they fail to start working towards making their dreams or ideas become a reality. Procrastination is the greatest thief of human potential and financial success that the world has ever known. If you have something locked up in you that you want to do and it’s being held captive by your procrastination, you can’t afford to sit around and think that things will change on their own. You must take action. Here are five steps to seeing your dreams become a reality.
1) Write down exactly what you want to do and why you want to do it, other than just to make money. Yes, the money angle is always an incentive, but beyond money, what do you want to accomplish from your success in doing what you want to do? This is critical for your long term success. You must be passionate about it, if what you want to do is going to have lasting impact. People follow after people and identify with their passion, not their product or service.
2) Make a list of all of the things that you can think of that you would need to do so you can begin seeing your success come to fruition (the fruit of your labors). It might be a list of ten things or a hundred things that you will need to do. Make the list as detailed as possible – sparing no imagination and thought while doing it. You can add to it and refine it as you move forward, based on additional information and changing trends of general public (or your target market) which can affect how you operate or will accomplish your goals.
3) Begin to organize your list by priority. First things first. Start with the things that you must do in order to make the other things on your list possible to do, all the way down to the least important, but necessary things that you will need to do.
4) Assign a deadline for accomplishing the things you need to do on your list, starting with the most important and working down the list from the greatest to the least priorities on your list. If you don’t have a time limit, procrastination will sneak back into your life and begin taking your future captive through complacency and lack of determination. Don’t allow this to happen. Set a date for each task to be completed and keep it in front of you.
5) Find at least one person – ideally more than one (assemble an advisory board) – that you can be accountable to for working through your list and accomplishing the goals you have. Accountability it really important. When you are accountable to someone for your actions (or for a procrastinator, your IN-actions), you will be more driven to work on your list on a daily basis.
If you will take the time to work through these five steps to awakening your greatest potential for the things you want to accomplish in your life, you will find yourself looking at the world in a whole new light, and you will find yourself experiencing success as you have never known it doing the things that you most want to do with your life.