Shoot for the stars

by | Jan 31, 2014 | Mindset, Taking Action

Justin Timberlake
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One of my life’s mottoes is, “Shoot for the stars and if you only get to the planets, hey! that’s pretty darn awesome!” Basically, I’m saying that going for your biggest vision will usually get you someplace pretty darn special … even if you don’t quite make it all the way.

And it seems that I’m not the only one who feels that way. Justin Timberlake, who celebrates his birthday today, once said, “There’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars.”

Indeed. We should all shoot for the stars, own our awesome in every moment of life. We should always be striving to do our best, and improve upon that.

When we do that, we naturally, organically give our gifts to the world and bring the transformation that we were meant to bring. You have a dream … go for it. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman said. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

And, if you experience blocks along the way, remember the tale of the tadpole. The challenges in your way are there to help you grow into the person you were meant to be. “Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment,” said Brian Tracy, “can you grow more surely toward the stars.”

As the first month of the year draws to a close, here are some action steps you can take to help you shoot for the stars and make 2014 your best year ever!

  1. If you made a New Year’s resolution, how are you doing so far? Have you been true to it? Or have you faltered? If you’re doing well, what is making you successful and how can you apply that to other areas of your life and business? If you’re not, why? Were you too ambitious with your goal? Are you being too hard on yourself? Or have you given up on yourself? Why?
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  3. Have you created a financial goal for the year? If not, do so now. If you have, have you created a plan to achieve it? Are you on track? If not, why?
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  5. Take stock of your relationship with money. Are you leveraging your strengths or embracing your weaknesses?
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  7. Take a look at your work/life balance. Is it where you want it to be? If yes, take a moment to celebrate that achievement. If not, explore why and develop ways to move you toward the balance you seek.
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  9. Have you written down your goals for the year? If not, do so now. If you have, have you created an action plan and put those goals and the tasks that lead up to those goals on your calendar? If not, do so now.

As the Disney song says, “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” And, as Steve Maraboli once said, if your goals aren’t written down they are merely wishes. Don’t let your dreams remain wishes. Write them down, create a plan to achieve them, and then work that plan.

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
~ Jordan Belfort

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