Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea? I don’t sleep with my phone nearby, but I do keep a pen and paper on the bedside table so that when a great idea hits, I can write it down. Recently, I started thinking about the projects I have going on and my six-month, one-year, and five-year plans. And it terrified me. “Grow the podcast by X number of listeners per season” and “start making $10,000 a month on top of my full-time job.” WHOA! That sounds crazy and scary and farfetched, right? Maybe so, but if your dream doesn’t scare you then I don’t think it is big enough.
Think about what your life would look like if you were living the best version of it. Are you still living in the same town? Or did you move to the beach? The mountains? What are you doing for a living? Teaching at the school you love, but with a new program in place that you created and implemented? Are you working for yourself? Who is around you? People who lift you higher and support these big dreams? Or people who think average is enough? Really think about what that dream life looks like and then put a plan into place of how to get there. I’ll walk you through it.
Let’s use one of my scary goals for example: I want to write a book.
Now, how do I get there?
First, take messy and imperfect action. The book won’t write itself, so I must start writing. My short term/six-month goal is to write 1-2 chapters a month. I make this goal SUPER attainable because I know that life will throw me a curve ball. It is important to set a realistic short-term goal. If you set yourself up to write the book in two months and have it on the shelfs in six months, you are going to get discouraged, and likely give up. Let’s not do that girlfriend.
Next, I picture where I want this goal to be in a year. I want the manuscript done and in the hands of someone that can publish it OR to have it self-published. So, between now and June 25, 2020, I need to have figured out how to get in touch with publishers, editors, book agents and have my pitch down to sell this book 😊
This is the best part. In five years, the book will be out in the world along with my second book that was written a few years ago. I have changed peoples’ lives for the better. My book changed my life for the better and the trajectory of my career. When you Google my name, it will have the word “Author” beside it. Writing that sentence does two things: Makes me slightly dizzy AND puts a huge smile on my face.
Dream a huge, big, monstrous, scary, wild, fantastic dream. And then go get it. Chase it down. Make a plan and don’t give up.
If it doesn’t scare the tar out of you, then it isn’t big enough, sis.