SHOUT OUT YOUR DREAMS (or how to set your goals, gain traction and accountability without leaving your house)

Setting your goals is a critical part to achieving anything in life. This is your chance to lay down, on paper, just what you want in life, why you want it, and when you want it by. These are all critical components of achieving anything. You cannot get fear and self-doubt get in your way. As long as the “why” is strong enough, you can conquer any adversity. No matter what it is, as long as it’s strong enough to override every other cell in your body that screams for you to take the comfortable route, you won’t. When your “why” is so strong, you can move mountains. Literally, nothing can stand in your way.

So, now’s your chance to define what is you want and why you truly do want it. And, you simply can’t skip this step. If you’re not living the life of your dreams, then you have to commit to designing that life by starting with your goals on paper. What do you want? How much have you thought about this? Have you a vague idea in your mind? Or is it specific? No matter how specific it is you have to define it on paper. You have to jot that dream down so that it becomes more real. Without doing this, you won’t be able to achieve the more lofty goals in your life. You absolutely must do this step; I cannot stress this point enough.
how to shout out your dreams
Write it down
So, grab a sheet of paper. Even if you’re going to type this out afterwards, write it down first. As you write out your goals, you’ll feel a shift occurring inside of you. You’ll see them materializing on paper in front of you and they won’t just be figments in your mind; they’ll be much more tangible. Now, think about your goals. Look at the sheet of paper, and really think hard about what you want. What is it? What are your long-term goals? What are your short-term goals?
Don’t worry about how you’re going to achieve your goals right now. All you need to worry about first is what you want to achieve in very specific detail. Do you want to change your career path? Do you have some weight-loss goals? What’s your 10year goal for your health? What’s your 10-year goal for your finances? How much money do you want to have in net worth? How about a type of home or car? Remember, the specifics are incredibly important.
Now, break your long-term goals down into the smaller goals. Come up with exact dates of when you’ll achieve the goals. What day of the month, 5 years from now, do you plan to reach those goals? How about your goals for one year from now? Be exact and very specific. If this takes you a few days to complete, then take the time because it’s critical
Shout out your goals to the world
Public commitment works magic towards achieving your goals. If we have a goal, and it’s merely in our minds, it’s easy to procrastinate forever. Even if you write in down on a piece of paper (and you should!) it’s still evasive. So my #1 tip is: SHOUT OUT YOUR DREAMS!

No matter how you share your dreams with others putting your goals out into the world can be the motivation you need to go after them. But there’s something about declaring your plan for success that turns it into a real, tangible goal. Shout out your goals on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, email your friends or share in a reinvent yourself blog… it doesn’t matter how, just make the commitment public, as a way to enhance your own accountability towards your goal.

When you share your goals you’re literally feeding your accountability muscle. Every time you tell the world about some of your goals, you modify them. You take something from a discussion, something from another one, until, out of this ping-pong game of sharing your plans back and forth, your goal will emerge in a new form. Most of the time, this form will be a much clearer one. Plus people are naturally inclined to help… but you’ll never know unless you ask them!
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Reviewing your Goals
It’s not enough to just write out your goals in specific detail, come up with exact dates on when you want to achieve them, and have strong enough reasons why you’re willing to do anything to accomplish them, but you also have to constantly review your goals as well.

Sometimes, when we set goals, because we’re unsure of how we’re going to achieve them, we don’t understand just what it’s going to take to get there. However, the process is very much similar to a car that starts out from Point A heading towards Point B even if it might not know the specific route. The car knows the final destination, and along the way it must make some adjustments while getting there to account for things like traffic, road pattern interruptions, detours, and so on. And, just like the car that’s traveling towards its ultimate destination, you must constantly review your goals.

When you review your goals, you look at where you are versus where you want to be. But, this also includes being able to constantly measure your progress. So, it’s incredibly important to measure, on a daily basis, how you’re progressing towards your goals. If, for example, your goal involves the accumulation of wealth, building a spreadsheet of money coming in and money going out is critical. When you can see the numbers in front of you, and you’re able to see just how much income your different money-making opportunities are bringing in, you can visually see just how close you’re getting to your goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis and avoid productivity blockers.

This Constantly try to come up with creative solutions on how you can solve the daily problems that may come up to block your path to success. No matter what it is, as long as you spend the right amount of time setting, measuring, and reviewing your goals, you’ll ultimately reach them. It may take you much longer than you planned, but as long as you stay committed, you’ll get there. Remember that nothing is going to happen for you overnight, and if you’re reaching for an overnight success, then you’re not practicing the art of persistence. Look at the long term and put in the work required in order to push you closer and closer to your goals with each passing day.
Ask for help
Remember you’re not on this road alone. You shared your dreams and goals with the world. You announced your intentions and set a public commitment. And chances are that there are people invested in you and want you to succeed as much as you do. They are your network of support, and they are comprised of the people in your life closest to you—your children, your parents, your partner, your friends, and your mentors. When you hit a roadblock, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It shows courage, not weakness, to admit you need a helping hand. And the inspiration you receive from the people around you will encourage you to keep on moving.
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Overcoming Procrastination
One of the hardest parts about achieving our goals is overcoming procrastination. For some of us, procrastination is more than a problem; it’s an epidemic. It can silently kill off our hopes and our dreams by standing in our way. It can act as a barrier to achieving just about anything in life by merely putting off for tomorrow what can be done today. However, in life, if we intend to achieve anything worthwhile, procrastination must be killed. It must be muted and shoved away before it can creep up and completely ensnare us in its grips and never let go. But, why is procrastination so detrimental?

When we’re unable to overcome procrastination, our goals get further and further away with each passing day. Think back to your past and about your goals for a moment. Did procrastination get in your way? Did you say that you wanted to achieve something or accomplish something in the past, only to give up shortly after you set that goal? If so, what held you back? Did procrastination really kill your dreams? If it did, you’re not alone of course because procrastination has dashed the dreams of countless individuals.

However, also think back for a moment to a time when you set a goal and you actually accomplished it. So, how do you overcome procrastination? Well, aside from ensuring that you have a strong enough reason, there are certain methods you can use in order to ensure that you don’t procrastinate. Of course, a definite level of willpower and determination is going to come into play here.

If you’re used to procrastinating and it’s a habit for you, you’re going to have to break it In order to stop procrastinating, you can try the 15-minute rule. Grab a timer, or your phone if it has one, and set the countdown to 15 minutes. Commit to doing any action, no matter how small it is, towards the attainment of your goal, for 15 minutes. What you’ll come to notice is that, you won’t stop at the 15-minute mark. Most people will continue with that action. Getting started is always the toughest part. But, if you can commit to 15 minutes, then you can likely get past the mental barrier of beginning a task that you may not necessarily want to do.
So what's next?
It’s important also to recognize that beating procrastination is not going to be easy. It’s going to take an enormous amount of effort on your part to break your bad habits and tendencies for procrastination if you have them.

But, commit yourself to taking massive action on a grand scale, and do so consistently. If you can do this, you can accomplish just about anything!

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  • I really like your exercise as unfortunately Procrastination is my ugly sister always on my way. I try your idea maybe it will work I let you know. Thank you for great text

    • Rita2G

      Glad you found it helpful Dee!

  • Some really solid advice and strategies. Goals that aren’t written in a specific fashion are simply wishes.

  • I love this! I have recently made a vision board for all of my goals and I am finding it so helpful! I love all of your tips for this.

    • Rita2G

      Thanks Louisa, glad you liked it 🙂

  • Nicely written article to combat procastination habbit in a practical way.

  • I am so big on lists. They really help me to keep my goals organized and then to achieve them.

    • Rita2G

      Right?
      I feel like when I organize my thoughts in list they start to make more sense and I can focus on executing them.

  • Catvills

    How inspiring! My biggest dream is to have a book published. I have not gotten farther than a paragraph or two. I have been playing around with tons of ideas. I guess I have to streamline them and decide about the topic I am most passionate about. Best of all, I need to end this procrastination evil. It is only going to get in the way of my dreams if I let it reign.

  • Elizabeth O

    This is a great post, it is really motivating indeed. I think procrastination is a massive hurdle to try and overcome for anyone but you provided some awesome tips! Very helpful.

  • Love this! I always feel motivated when I write down my goals and write out targets each month and see if I have achieved them.

  • Very thoughtful, I will definitely aspire for more

  • You’ve mentioned some wonderful tips for achieving our dreams. I really liked the idea of asking for help because sometimes we just want to conquer everything by ourselves compromising our health or family but it is okay to ask for help!

    • Rita2G

      Especially us girls.
      This is a heard learned lesson – that I cannot actually do EVERYTHING by myself

  • This is perfect for me right now, I am feeling really over whelmed and lot of self doubt, I really must stop giving myself a hard time!

    • Rita2G

      Stephanie, my motto for situations like that is: start fro where you are, do what you can do with what you have!

  • I do think putting yourself out there is the best way if you want to accomplish a goal. When you put yourself out there, other’s will naturally hold you accountable to it. I can see how it would be so good in so many different ways.

    • Rita2G

      Thanks David. When you make a public announcement – your goals just feels more “real”

  • I think accountability is SO important when it comes to reaching your goals, and “shouting” your goals to the world is a great way to hold yourself accountable! That’s part of what I use my instagram for when it comes to living a life focused on wellness. I’m also a super bad procrastinator, but I know to reach my goals, especially my career goals, procrastination just isn’t in the equation. Thank you for such a great, inspiring post!

    • Rita2G

      Really glad you liked it Shannon!

  • Katie

    Such good tips!! I need to start reviewing my goals. I’m good about writing them down but not going back and actually checking them off my list and setting new ones!!

  • This is so practical! I especially like the reminder to write it down. It reminds me of the words of my high school volleyball coach two decades ago. He always said that a dream doesn’t become a goal until you write it down. I needed this reminder today!

  • Asking for help has been a huge stumbling block for me. Once I got over my fear of asking for help I started achieving my goals. Thanks for a great post!

  • Ask for help is a hell good of advice. I am so guilty of trying to do so many things by my self and I forget how many friends can help me. I just need to ask.
    ps: I can`t wait to try the free 90-day planner.

  • Rita2G

    Glad you find it helpful Dee!

  • Yes! Such great actual steps:)

  • Jennifer Prince

    I am SO bad at this. Having goals is great, but it’s always in my head. I need to write it down and visualize it for sure. Great tips!

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