So you broke your goal down into smaller goals. I hope by doing that, you are now feeling a bit more confident about tackling your goal! If nothing else, you should see just how attainable it really is. Achieving anything is as simple as having a plan and working a plan!
Today we’re going to identify some very clear action steps that you can take in order to begin moving toward your goal. First, look closely at the smaller goals you wrote down previously.
You’ll probably notice immediately that there are a few clear steps that should take place first. Some of them might be related to what we discussed yesterday, such as research, education, planning, preparation, preliminary steps and so on.
Write down what those steps should be, like so:
1) Research degree programs in my area.
2) Inquire about tuition fees and educational requirements.
3) Borrow books on the topic from library, study them.
This list will probably resemble a “to-do” list, and in effect, that’s exactly what it will be – a list of steps that you need to take in order to begin moving toward your goal!
Once you’ve written down as many action steps as you can, take another look at them and consider whether they are listed in the proper order or not. Ideally you’ll want to have them listed in the order in which they will be taken so you don’t get scattered. You want your action steps to be like a map that leads directly to your chosen destination!
Once you’ve got your action steps in the proper order, consider whether some of them might be unnecessary or redundant. For example, if you plan to do much of your research online, you might not need to visit the library after all (or vice versa).
Sometimes we tend to make things more complicated than they really need to be, so this review process can help you avoid that. If you notice any steps that seem excessive, go ahead and cross them off your list.
Then read over the list of steps one more time. (I’m not trying to annoy you with constant repetition; it actually helps cement your goal and the steps required to reach it in your mind!)
Does everything look good on your list?