Today, we're talking GOALS! But not the kind like New Year's resolutions where you say you're going to do something and then it dies by January 5. And not the kind where you think about something you'd like to do, say to yourself, "well, that'd be nice," and then brush it off because it actually isn't that important to you. No, the kind of goals I want to talk about are the ones that light your soul on fire, the DREAMS that live in you that have this constant little voice and are screaming louder and louder to get out.

"Those who accomplish the most in life are those with a vision."

The thing about dreams is that they CAN and WILL come true if you MAKE them happen. And the path to the fruition of a dream is setting a goal. Goal setting is beginning with the end in mind. It is creating a vision of the thing/life/relationship/career you want to have and then working backward to make a plan of how to get there.

GOAL = the destination

PLAN = the route for which you get there

I love this analogy because I love road trips. Sometimes I like to set out on spontaneous drives with no destination in mind, and those are great if that's what I'm wanting in the moment. But usually there is a place that I am dying to see and if I didn't make a plan using a map and some tools of how to get there, chances are I would not reach my destination. So it is with goals. If the goal is the end destination, there needs to be some prep work involved around creating the ROADMAP to make the goal a reality. How do we do this?

Lee Canyon, Mount Charleston, Nevada

Lee Canyon, Mount Charleston, Nevada

Steps to turn Dreams/Goals into REALITY.... 

  1. Get really clear on what it is that you want. 
  2. Reduce the goal to ONE CLEAR IMAGE.
  3. Write out WHY you want this. What will it bring to you, how will it change your life? Your why is your DRIVING force. It is the engine in the car. Without it, you will not go anywhere.
  4. Create a PLAN, roadmap, of how you will get there. 
    1. This Plan needs to involve a few things in order for you to be successful.
      1. Specific. The plan must be specific; when you will accomplish it by and exactly how. Be precise. 
      2. Measurable.  How will you know you have reached your goal. How will things in your life have changed?
      3. Attainable. Is this something you can actually accomplish? Nothing is impossible, so with this I mean: Are you giving yourself enough time? Do you have the tools you need to be successful? If not, what do you need?
  5. State each goal and part of the plan as a positive statement.
  6. WRITE them down.  
  7. Display them in a spot you will see them every day.
  8. Say the positive statements every day out loud.
  9. Discipline yourself to accomplish each step of the plan in the time frame you set. 
  10. If you don't quite make it, stand up, brush yourself off, and try again.

"Happiness is the understanding that goals actually matter and then putting forth a plan to get there."

Anything is possible if you set your mind to it and actually believe. (And guess what? A trick I use is to go somewhere completely alone, say in the mountains in my car with my windows all rolled up, (or anywhere you can be comfortable and not disturb other people) and SCREAM these affirmations at the top of your lungs until it feels so real and so a part of you that there is no question in your mind that you will accomplish this goal and make this dream come true. AND it feels amazing. You feel completely alive inside.

You have to believe it. Really believe it.

Believe in yourself.

The Dreams will come.

And if you need a tad more inspiration... this song is amazing. C'mon, we all need an anthem. Don't act surprised. You should know how I feel about music and song lyrics by now. :) Now, go get 'em!

"Dreams Will Come" - Brendan James

I can't believe this weather
I can feel it coming now the warmth of another sun, the start of another one
Don't bother me for tryin'
I can still be happy with the chance of a little rain
To me it's all the same
And the days will follow
And the dreams will come

The wind blows over me
I forget to see, how you did me wrong
Oh, the air I like to breathe is clearing up for me
You better get you some

I'm stepping out this fire
The light I need is shinin' from the moon on the riverside
That's where I like to hide
This world is something special
If my demons block my path I can walk around
I don't have to leave it down

Say, the wind blows over me
I forget to see, how you did me wrong
Oh, the air I like to breathe
Is clearing up for me
You better get you some

C'mon you can't see it
You got to believe it
It's like real love you can't fake it
Be careful don't break it
It's like c'mon you can't see it
You got to believe it
It's like real love you can't fake it
Ah, be careful don't break it

Oh the air I like to breathe is clearing up for me
You better get you some.

(Quotes taken from a discourse by M. Russell Ballard, April 2, 2017)