A few weeks ago I was chatting with a dear friend of mine and inevitably our conversation wound around to a familiar place…what do I really want to achieve and accomplish both in the short term and long term for my business and life. I have a lot of ideas, but find myself easily overwhelmed when at the end of the day I look back and feel as though I’ve gotten nowhere closer to achieving any of them.
But then it occurred to me that I have actually not been seeing things correctly. Because honestly there are small ways that I am working towards my dreams every day. They might not be news-worthy or groundbreaking, but they are something…and I have decided that instead of berating myself for not making it all in one giant leap (how silly is that anyhow), that I am going to instead focus on treating myself positively as I work towards accomplishing my goals…even if it’s just one tiny accomplishment at a time. It reminds me of that lovely quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-tzu
So to help me keep this positive outlook in mind I created an little action plan sheet (and a card for my wallet too) with a motivating reminder attached. The reminder is simple: That today I will only worry about doing at least one thing that brings me closer to achieving my dreams. I’m going to use the blank portion to write down what I did each day that supports a dream of mine. It could be something tiny like: “created a new painting,” or something larger like: “paid for new logo design.” Then at the end of each month I will look back and be able to see all the little steps I took in the right direction. A cause to celebrate for sure!
Do you want to join me?! My guess it that you have goals and dreams too…maybe some so large that they feel almost impossible. But let’s commit to working towards them one step at a time together (while being nice to ourselves in the process). Shall we? I don’t mean that you have to share your dreams openly here, but if you want to print out your own action plan sheets I’ve made them available for you to download and print as you’d like (downloads will begin immediately when you click the buttons below). I hope they will be useful to you. Now let’s do this thang! xo Ez
The wallet sized action plans below are perfect for remembering your goals as you go about your busy day. These are an especially useful reminder for me to save my money for the things that matter most to me, instead of impulse buying so often. They print three (one of each color) to a page.