There's a really easy way to reach all your goals and dreams, but it's something not many people do, or even realize is an option. It's how I've built this business, shifted into healthier living and clean eating, and made a lot of amazing things happen in my life.
It's so easy, everyone can do it... and yet they don't.
So what is this super simple step that you can do to make your dreams a reality? Take one small step forward right now. Then do it again. Before you get mad at me for making action sound easy when it's not, hear me out.
I know that action isn't easy when it comes to big goals and dreams, believe me, I know! But the only way to make something happen is to take action towards it. The only way to take action towards your big goals and dreams, is to realize that bringing something to life isn't about the big massive steps forward. It's about all the tiny steps, tiny shifts, tiny trials and errors, tiny missteps, tiny successes, and tiny changes along the way. That's all change is, a series of small steps forward.
A lot of people have told me lately they're inspired by my clean and healthy eating. I think that's awesome! But I didn't get here because one day I declared I wanted to eat better and bam, everything was clean and healthy from there. So far from it. It started one day in Hawaii, probably about five years ago, when I decided I wanted to eat cleaner. So instead of buying cookies from the grocery store, I bought some "healthier" cookies from the health food store. Instead of regular peanut butter, I bought natural peanut butter. I stopped putting syrup on pancakes one day. I banned myself from eating certain foods one stomachache at a time. I tried new things. I read a book on going vegan. I went vegan. I tried vegan alternative foods. I started eating more whole and nutritious, less processed foods, one experiment at a time. I lapsed. I started eating natural sugars. I lapsed. I swore off cookies as a whole food group. I lapsed. And eventually I got to this space where I know a lot about clean eating, toxins in foods, how to actually feed myself (through, get this, cooking my own food), and what I personally can and cannot eat.
It definitely didn't happen overnight and a year from now I'll be even further into this healthy living journey.
One of my big goals is to run a half marathon and to "become a runner." This is a massive undertaking for someone who used to die after a half mile on a downhill slope. I'm slow, I'm clunky, and I don't really have the mental stamina for running, but I'm doing it. And do you know how I'm doing it? By putting one foot in front of the other, again and again. By taking one day at a time in the training plan.
Lastly, my business didn't just pop up one day and become successful. It was a very different business when I started. I've launched many products and programs, some that were well received, some that weren't. I've made enormous mistakes in my business with clients, finances, and everything in between. I've also had many small successes and wins. I've written hundreds of thousands of words, published more blog posts than I care to count, and slowly shifted my marketing and offerings over the months and years. I got to where I am because I took small steps every single day.
Take my Awesome Life Tips as an example... people love them and that mailing list is growing leaps and bounds every month. But it all started one day, two years ago, when I decided to post my first tip. Since then I've written almost 600 tips. One word after another, it's grown into what it is today.
I know this isn't what you wanted to hear.
You'd rather I share some make it happen fast trick that will catapult you forward.
But that's just not the way it works.
That said, I do have some tips that will make those steps happen more quickly and with more ease, getting you to where you want to be much faster.
1) Stay in the present moment.
Don't go off in your head and think about all the things between where you are now and where you want to be. That will just make you feel crappy and overwhelmed, which doesn't inspire action. Just be here, where you are now, doing what you have to do next. Stay present and focused.
2) Keep taking action, no matter how small.
I know it doesn't seem like tiny steps make a difference, but they do. They really, really do. If all you can write for your novel is one paragraph a day, that's still way more words at the end of the month than you'd have if you didn't write at all. Start, and keep taking action. There's absolutely something you can do every single day towards your goals and dreams. No matter how small, it makes a difference and will get you there so much more quickly than if you do nothing at all. Break the big steps down until you have something you can do right now to move forward.
3) Celebrate your movement.
Again, stay in this moment and be proud of what you're accomplishing rather than bummed about what's left to do. The more you celebrate and appreciate your progress, the more motivated you'll be to continue taking action, even when it seems like you're standing still. Only compare where you are to where you were when you started. If you only have a little bit of progress to show for it, celebrate it, you've moved forward!
4) Eyes on your own paper.
Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and focus on your own work and goals. It's easy to look at someone else's success and think you'll never get there. All that does is prompt you to give up. You have to remember, the person you're looking at and comparing yourself to was once exactly where you are. Sure, sometimes it looks different, because we're all on our own journey, but they started somewhere, too. They took action and it took time to get to where they are. There's no such thing as an overnight success, it's usually the tipping point after years of preparation, planning, and lots of action.
Take action now.
That's it, just go take action right now.
Break your dream or goal down until you have something you can do right this moment. Then go do it. Don't plan how you'll do it or think about what would happen if you did it one way vs. another... just do it. Take that first tiny step forward.
Then do it again.
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Stephenie Zamora is the founder of www.stepheniezamora.com, a full-service, life-purpose development, design and branding boutique. Through her Mastery program, she merges the worlds of personal development and branding to help men and women build passion-based lives and businesses they love. Click here to access her free Foundations for Unshakable Joy™ video training series and learn the unexpected trick to transforming your life with one single question!
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