Our best selves don’t happen by accident.
Most of us don’t just fall into our dream jobs or instantly have the lives we want. In fact, most people who succeed have been quietly working at it for a very long time. They’ve been making steady progress.
The good news is that success is replicable. By following these three steps, we can each create the lives we want for ourselves:
- Picture it. Decide what you want to accomplish, and then act as if you’re already there.
What does it feel like and look like? Imagine a movie of your ideal life playing on a screen and then step into it. Let yourself experience the joy of this new life.
- Plan it. When you’re in this joyous state, list out the steps you’ll need to take in order to reach your goal. Begin with the end in mind, as the late leadership expert Stephen Covey said.
- Take intentional action. Take your list of steps and break them into bite-sized tasks, then put each of the tasks onto your calendar.
The idea here is to keep the tasks small. That way, you’re taking baby steps toward your goal while still managing your day-to-day responsibilities. It’s this steadiness that leads to success.
Whatever you want to accomplish, there is no perfect time to begin. The sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll reach your goals.