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Live Your Dream in 2015

A new year is a great opportunity for a fresh start by setting intentions and goals for the year to come.

Here are 10 steps to make your dreams come true.

Step 1: Brainstorm What You Want

To achieve what you want, you must know what you want. Make a list of everything you would love to achieve in your life. Once complete, categorize them into the following life areas (you can add others if you choose):



Personal Development/Education,

Spiritual/Connection with Self,





Step 2: Determine Your “Why”

We are motivated to take action when we have a big enough reason why. The pleasure of achieving your goal (or the pain of not achieving your goal) must be greater than the effort of taking action towards it. Here are some questions to ask yourself in regards to each goal: If you were in your rocking chair at the end of your life, looking back at the things you did and did not do, how would you feel about yourself if you accomplished this goal? How would you feel about yourself if you did not accomplish this goal? Do you feel achieving this goal will have a lasting impact on your life or someone else’s life? Does this goal inspire you to want to take action? Are you willing to put in extra effort to create this in your life?

Step 3: Choose 5 Goals to Work Towards This Year

Choose the top 5 goals that will make the biggest impact towards living the life of your dreams, have the biggest “Why” and that inspire you most to take action. If you are up to it, choose 5 in each of the life areas. Once you accomplish one goal, add another to the list.

Step 4: Make it S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are:

Specific – What exactly do you want?

Measureable – Can you clearly know when your goal is met?

Attainable – Are there specific actions you can take to accomplish your goal?

Realistic – Does your goal stretch you? Goals should not be too easy or too hard.

Time bound – Have you set a timeline as to when you want your goal accomplished?

Step 5: Commit

Commitment is the key to actually achieving your life’s goals. Write down what you want to achieve, post it somewhere visible, & tell people. Have an accountability partner, or coach, that you connect with daily or weekly for 5- 15 minutes. Having someone else to report to can help keep you on track.

Step 6: Break It Down

Often our big goals are actually a series of smaller goals or action items. Break down your yearly goals into 5 monthly goals. At the end of each week, break your monthly goals into 5 weekly goals to accomplish the following week. At the end of each day, break down your weekly goals into 5-15 action items for the next day.

Step 7: Plan Your Rewards

We must stop and celebrate our successes. Success breeds success. When we can recognize success, and BE in the feeling of achievement, it motivates us to take more action and achieve more goals. Set yourself rewards for when you achieve your yearly, monthly, and weekly goals. Plan your rewards now as you set your goals, make them things you wouldn’t normally do for yourself.

Step 8: Take Action

Achievement is about progress not perfection. As long as you are taking action and making steps, even baby steps, towards your best life you are on the right track.

Step 9: Stay in the Present

Life is not linear and there are likely to be ups and downs and times when things move quickly then slowly. Release your focus on the bigger goals as they may feel too far away. Focus on your reasons why and the most impactful actions you can take today, right now.

Step 10: Have Fun

This is all about living the life of your dreams, it should be fun! If it isn’t fun, focus on another goal. Life is not about your destination, it’s about your destiny.

You can download a PDF worksheet HERE.

Print the pages needed to break down your yearly goals into monthly goals, weekly goals and daily action items. There are also some specific examples of S.M.A.R.T. goals and reward idea.

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  1. Dr. Nancy says
    Jan 09, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Let us know your goals for 2015!

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