It’s Time to Take Action of Your Dream, Visions and Goals.
By Fykaa Caan : Lifestyle and Social Affairs Editor
Hollywood London Magazine
Do you have a dream or a vision for your life?
Have you thought about what you want and how you can achieve it?
To not have a vision, dream, or goal for yourself is like being on a boat with no destination in mind, drifting aimlessly wherever the wind and currents may take you. Do you spend time reacting to life as opposed to creating the life you want?
Setting goals for yourself puts you in control – you choose where you want to go in life. If you sit there procrastinating and dreaming, I am sorry to tell you that dreams don’t come true. Rather, it is your goals that can forever change your life. You need to set goals in order turn your dreams into reality.
You are responsible for your life- not your spouse, not your parents, not your boss, not your friends. This recognition puts you in the driver’s seat and automatically builds self-esteem. Measurable goals or specific action goals are the more time-specific events or the smaller ‘stepping stones’ that lead you towards your life goal.
Goal Setting Tip – Create A Vision
Goal setting tip number one: Create a vision or mission statement for your life. Become the CEO of your life, know where you want to head and what you want to do to create a fulfilling life. Once you get clear on this, setting and achieving specific goals becomes easier because you know where you are headed.
There are a number of potent ways to do this, you may experiment with all of these and then notice the themes that are present in all of your responses:
Write your eulogy – what would you like to have said about you at the end of your life. This captures what is truly important to you and reflects your values and well as what you are passionate about.
Write a response to the question: Who would you be and what would do, in your life, if you knew you could not fail?
What is the “big dream” you have for your life? (Keep in mind, this is now how you will accomplish it, rather it is a description of what you describe as your “big dream.”
The Fykaa Caan DVG Plan.
My Dream – I want my life to be a statement and I always want to never forget that I want to always be the kind of person I would like to meet.
Let’s dream big – I enjoy a dry wit which keeps me going and this is something that has helped me throughout my life. My dream consists of the sun in my face sipping on mocktails on a balcony of the most awesome office shared with my colleague J, where we can laugh and laugh about some of the crazy stories we have lived through.
The dream incorporates being a success working with celebrities / brands – To have the opportunity to interview and work with some of the most amazing celebrities and public figures in the world.
My Vision – A personal development and goal setting plan which incorporates the completion of the PhD I am doing on Celebrity Media Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. I am interested in their psyche and what makes us and them behave in the way we do. I aim to also excel as Hollywood London’s LifeStyle & Social Affairs Editor.
My Goals – “A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline” – (Totally digging this quote).
My personal goals are I want me to be healthy, happy, love family, love life, love work, be positive and complete my PhD and first book. We currently have some projects that involve working with some A-List talent ranging from brand profiling, documentaries, film, TV, music and international celebrities and my personal goals are to see these through.
You set your goals on a number of levels:
First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 10 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals.
Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.
This is why we start the process of setting goals by looking at your lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that you can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.
Tips for Setting Goals: Here’s the process:
1. Dream it – Everything begins in the heart, body, soul and mind.
2. Identify your dreams, visions and goals.
3. Define it – Define smaller goals or steps that are part of the bigger picture.
4. Believe it.
5. See it – The great achievers picture themselves living it.
6. Tell it – As we continually say it we believe it more and more.
7. Plan it and take action – Plan out your strategy for achieving your goal.
8. Work it – Your short term tasks x Time = Your long term accomplishments. If you work on it every day eventually you will fulfil your dream and goals
9. Evaluate and then Readjust
10. Enjoy it acknowledge success then move on to bigger things and start from number one again.
Most of us reside in the dream phase and never make it to a vision. It’s like the picture we cut out of a magazine or make into a screensaver of that dream house, vacation, or car. It makes you smile to look at it, but then you get to fold it back up and go back to regular life. You don’t have to try, risk perceived failure, or even be uncomfortable. You just get to be inspired from a distance, safe and secure in the comfort of your everyday life. Dreams are imaginary. And they don’t produce tangible results.
I have only one question. Are you okay with taking your dream out when you get tired of the grind and worn down by the routine and looking at the faded worn image of it? Or are you ready to take steps to turn it into a vision? Perhaps maybe you’ve already made the leap to vision but have grounded yourself safely in keeping it on the page and not set specific measurable goals to achieve it. Goals are all about action and turn dreams into reality. Goals change you and can change your life.
To give a broad, balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some of the following categories (or in other categories of your own, where these are important to you):
Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve?
Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?
Education – Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals?
Family – Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner or by members of your extended family?
Artistic – Do you want to achieve any artistic goals?
Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? (If so, set a goal to improve your behaviour or find a solution to the problem.)
Physical – Are there any athletic goals that you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
Pleasure – How do you want to enjoy yourself? (You should ensure that some of your life is for you!)
Public Service – Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?
Spend some time brainstorming these things, and then select one or more goals in each category that best reflect what you want to do. Then consider narrowing them down again so that you have a small number of really significant goals that you can focus on.
As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or employers might want. (If you have a partner, you probably want to consider what he or she wants – however, make sure that you also remain true to yourself!)
Now the moment of truth: Stop looking to your dream for action-less inspiration. Instead, pull out your dream for focused, action-inspiring motivation.
Plan to live your life, your way. Setting these goals will help you to organise your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.
Ready…….Get set ……GO
Best wishes from Hollywood London’s LifeStyle & Social Affairs Editor Fykaa Caan