How to Achieve Your Dreams for 2013

"Sherold Barr" "Dreams Do Come True"
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As 2012 comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect back on your year and DECIDE what dreams you want to go after, and what you want more of and what you want to eliminate in your life or business for 2013.  This morning I spent time with my friend and each of us planned out our four top goals we want to achieve in our businesses in 2013.  I wanted to share some of our planning methods with you so that you can get crystal clear on what worked and didn’t work for you this year.  You can do this exercise with your life or work/business.

  1. What went well for you this year?
  2. What did you accomplish in 2012?
  3. What are some of the things you loved doing and you want to amplify or want more of in 2013?
  4. Think of a time at work or in your life this year, when you were operating at your best.  What were you doing and what made it a peak experience?
  5. What was challenging for you in 2012?
  6. What did you learn as a result of experiencing this challenge?
  7. What was valuable about this experience even though it was not a good one? Hint: there is always a jewel hidden in adversity and challenges.
  8. What decisions will you make in 2013 as a result of this experience?
  9. What did you DISLIKE doing this year?
  10. What is the one thing you NEVER want to have to do again in 2013?
  11. What are you currently doing (a habit or a task) that weakens you?
  12. What are you currently doing that strengthens you?
  13. What are you willing to commit to stop doing that is not serving you in 2012?

I like to help people achieve what feels impossible.  The work I do is inquiry on thoughts, fears and beliefs.  If you BELIEVE you can do something, DECIDE, take INSPIRED ACTION + tiny steps – you can do anything!

Dreaming Dreams Into Being A Reality

Think back on your life to a time when you achieved a dream, a goal or a strong desire. List at least two or three.

1.  Write down what seemed impossible or very challenging for you to do at the time.

2. Write down the steps that you took to make this dream or desire a reality.  Did you fixate on it?  Did you get your emotions involved (hint: this is key)?

3.  Notice if you have two or three “impossible” dreams and look to find patterns or similarities to how you achieved your dreams.

Now that you KNOW you can achieve the impossible, let’s do it again in 2013.

Here’s a little story about how I achieved a goal that felt too big and impossible.  I had a strong DESIRE for a condo in Portland with a large deck.  It was being built but was promised to another couple.  I took tiny steps – asked the developer’s real estate agent to put us on a list in case they didn’t buy it.  I stared at it all the time and imagined what it would be like to live there.  I had a STRONG DESIRE for outside deck space since we were moving from a home to a condo.  I put a lot of my emotions into it.  I wanted this so badly and had a back up plan for another condo if we did not get it. Guess what?  I got a call and we bought it!  It scared the pants off me due to the cost and it took me awhile to catch up to what we bought but years later we sold it for a nice profit.  It was truly a stretch goal.

The last step is to see yourself doing this thing you want – whether it is to charge a higher fee for your services, make a new product for your business or buy the perfect home.  Make a Pinterest board, a vision board and FEEL the feelings as if you already have it.  Put your emotions into it and go for it.

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