Have you ever experienced that moment? The moment where motivation & action collide? Its combustible, isn’t it?! And, also, fleeting. Sometimes, you wonder if it’s ever going to happen; and sometimes, you’re afraid it’s already passed you by. Are your dreams so big and the tasks so many that you are suffering from Analysis Paralysis even though you want to chase your dreams? How do you harness the fire inside to help you reach your goals?
The first step is to take action. Even if your goals & dreams seem miles away, and those first small steps seem insignificant on the path, you need to take those first steps. Why? Because taking any action is better than not taking action. Taking those first seemingly small steps towards your goals helps build your confidence. Nothing builds your self-esteem & confidence like achievement. You may miss-fire on your first, second, sixth, or one-hundred-and-sixth attempt, but making those attempts & taking those chances will help you learn what to do – and, also what not to do – to start achieving your goals. Believe it or not, both results are part of your learning progression & plan to move forward.
Even if your dreams take years to achieve, you’ll never get any nearer to them if you don’t start. It was explained to me something like this, years ago, when I was considering pursuing an MBA:
I could either take classes or not. Either way, two years from now, in all likelihood,
I would still be sitting in the same spot, having a good time with friends,
with or without an MBA.
Apply that same philosophy to your goals and dreams: whether or not you take those initial steps, you’ll still have the same friends and be doing some of the same things. BUT, by pursuing your goals & dreams by taking action, you will get greater joy out of living life.
Taking those first steps does something else for you – it adds more fuel to the fire of your motivation. Your motivation compounds or multiplies with every step you take. It can become contagious & addictive in a positive way, creating even more fire towards your goals. You will soon want to take the next step.
The fire inside grows as you make even small steps on your journey. It will be your ally that will see you through the wrong steps, miss-steps, or backwards steps you experience along the way. The beauty of the process is those miscalculated steps become great lessons learned as you move forward; they become the reward for action taken towards your dream life. Eventually, you will be able to look at your journey in retrospect to see just how far you’ve come!
The best thing you can do is catch your fire. Let your dreams and goals catch your fire of motivation, effort, and action. Once they do, you may not be able to contain it! AND, you’ll experience the thrill of taking action & accomplishing even the smallest of milestones, you will find the momentum will carry you beyond your wildest imagination…