So, is this really where you thought you'd be? You're 25, or 35, or even 50 or ?? And you're not doing the job you thought you'd be … or you're not living where you thought you'd be. Maybe you have not written that novel you wanted to? Maybe you have not traveled to all those places you dreamed about as a kid? Maybe your health is not so great. So, what's gotten in the way of your dreams? Tough question is not it?
"Right Wendy … easy for you to say! I've got a mortgage, kids, I can not just dump all that and walk away!
That's definitely NOT what I'm suggesting you do, but what I am suggesting is that you start to make some plans for what you want out of life. Did you know that a recent survey of Harvard graduates showed that of the 5% of them who WROTE DOWN THEIR GOALS 90% ACHIEVED THEM !! Those sound like GREAT odds to me!
I'm one of those people who learn from the lessons of others – good and bad. That Harvard lesson is one I'll take to heart. If writing down my goals will work I'll do it – hey I've done it before and it's worked.
Here's a few other bits of inspiration! Michelangelo was 71 when he was appointed Chief architect of St. Francis. Peters Cathedral in Rome. George Bernard Shaw wrote "Farfetched Fables" at 93. Picasso was still painting at 90. So you see it's NEVER TOO LATE!
I've created this very simple tool to help YOU get started. I call it Wendy's Personal Commitment and it allows you to keep focused on your goals by writing them down, and breaking them down into small, manageable, easy to do parts. By looking at them daily and taking action on them in small increments success comes much more easily and has a higher "staying power".
Here's an example that everyone (pretty much) can refer to at this time of year – LOSING WEIGHT! Let's say you want to lose 30 pounds – you're fed up with being overweight and feeling really lousy about yourself for not being able to lose those extra pounds. You have FINALLY decided "THIS IS IT". You have gotten so uncomfortable you are now willing to make a change. (* Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.) Losing 30 pounds should safely take you about 15 weeks – 2 pounds per week is what doctors tell us is safe, and by losing it at that rate we are Much more likely to keep it off in the long run. Who wants to lose all that weight only to have it return? So let's do this right, and keep it off!
So, let's use our example of losing weight, and our goal of losing 30 pounds in 15 weeks. If today is January 1, then the final goal date for losing all the …