Hi lovely readers!
We are halfway through january already! It’s going fast, but I still have exams so it may go faster for me! Anyways if you have read my last post, you might have seen a little bit of a pattern there. The term ‘Studio 100’ keeps returning in ways that sure sound a lot like dreams. And they are!
Ever since I was little I wanted to be in Studio 100 (it’s a Belgian production studio for children’s tv, movies, etc…). I wanted to act in their tv shows, I wanted to be in the Studio 100 Ballet. I wanted to be a singer, dancer, actress. I always thought I would get there. But then I got older, and I wasn’t a great dancer anymore, I never got to acting classes and guurl you should hear me sing! Horrendous!
But being 20, I really regret that I didn’t even try to or got the chance to try. Also being 20 is like the last chance I’ll get to even get in. I have no way of knowing if I will accomplish my dream, but I want to at least try! And that what this week is all about!
1 Be Smart!
I don’t know where this there is used, but I’m my studies S.M.A.R.T. has taken over my world! I have to use it everywhere! If you don’t know it’s an acronym used to set goals (if you pinterest about goals, you will find it all the time!)
S – specific
M – measurable
A – acceptable or action
R – realistic
T – time
What you have to do is choose a goal you want to reach. Make this as specific as possible, add a way of tracking/measuring your progress. After this you have to make sure your goal contains an action, something you will do. And finally a time. For example ‘I want to work out more’
S – I want to go jogging and take a dance class to try to lose 10 kg
M – 30 minutes jogging/week and 1h dance class, track my weight
A – this goal contains an action
R – I think this goals is realistic in my current situation
T – I want to accomplish this in 6 months
2 Google It
If you have a dream that has specific channels you have to go through or requirement to get into. Like uni or a job you want. Do your research! If you really want this, you have to know what they expect from you! What grades do you need to get into that school. What diploma do I need to get that job. This is so important! If you know what they want from you, you can work to these specific targets! This is also great for motivation, it makes it all feel more real and more achievable.
If your dream isn’t is this direction, you can skip it! :p
3 Make a Plan
Because no, you won’t get yourself to just do it. Don’t believe me? How are those new year’s revolutions coming along? You need to plan this out.
Take your big goal and divide it into chunks, and yes SMART chunks. And then divide to chunks too. Small goals are 1) easier to achieve 2) you can follow your process without any trouble, this will lead to 4) more success-experiences and that 4) keeps you motivated!
4 Prep for Dips
Motivation is also very important. If you ain’t motivated anymore, you will skip a day more than you should and then it goes downhill. You need to find a way to get yourself up again and again!
I already mentioned 2 things that stimulates motivation, but there are going to be time that you aren’t skipping along your goals like you planned to or expected to.
A big big big tip is write down WHY you want this dream to succeed. WHY this dream and not another? WHY now and not last year? WHY through this method and not that one? WHY is this dream so special to me?
Answer as much why-questions you can think of and WRITE IT DOWN! When you feel like it isn’t working out anymore. Take your letter and read it over and over again!
Bonus tips, do this with you process too. If you achieve one of you’ ‘sub-chunks’ write out how you tackled it. What was difficult, was went easy. This can give you inspiration for went another goal isn’t going so well.
Just journal the whole experience! Read more about journaling here!
5 Don’t Compare Yourself
Your dream is not somebody elses. NOBODY will have the exact same dreams as you. Sure they made head in the same direction or you roads may overlap for a while, but that it!
So you can’t compare your progress and success with another. Because they don’t match each other.
Comparing yourself will only distract you from what you want. And that’s the last thing you need right now!
And never alter your dream, because someone gives you an ‘advise’, or a ‘If it were me…’. NO, unless you revised the advise and you thinks it will help you achieve your goal, okay. But don’t alter for the sake of someone else! (does that make sense? :s )
these are the tips I use to set my goals and act on my dreams. And so far I’m doing well!
What is your dream and how will you accomplish them? If you have any other tips, help us all and share them in the comments!