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Steps to Help You Get What You Want
By Victoria Munro
Like the account of Alice in Alice in Wonderland,
many of us haven’t taken
time to clearly define what we want and where we want
to take our lives and businesses. Walking along,
Alice comes to a fork in the road. The Cheshire Cat
is sitting there, and Alice asks him which way she should
go. The cat logically asks Alice where she wants to
end up, to which she replies, “I don’t much
care where as long as it’s somewhere. “Then,”
says the Cat, “It doesn’t matter which way
you walk.” This seems absurd, yet it’s easy
for entrepreneurs to get absorbed in the daily chores
of running a business and become like Alice.
We can learn from a recent survey of people over the
age of 95. They were asked the question, ‘If you
were to live your life over again, what would you do
differently?’ Many answers were given, but the
following three were shared by most:
I would reflect
I would risk
I would do
more things that would live on after me.
Knowing what you want in life and putting plans in place
to achieve it is rewarding and may allow you look back
in the future without regret.
Step 1. Dare to Define Your Dream!
a crystal clear picture of the end result you want.
time out to reflect on what you really want
on your goal. See it! What will it look like?
There’s power in a picture. Hang a picture
of it where you spend the most time.
the cost. Make sure you’re willing
to pay the price. When you decide to do something,
you’re automatically saying “no”
to other things.
Step 2. Keep Your Eyes on Your Carrot
the donkey with his carrot on a stick, focus on
moving towards your goal.
future rewards and keep them in mind. Think
about how you will feel when you get there.
yourself along the way—perhaps a weekend
away, a massage, a walk in the park or your favorite
latté when you reach a milestone along the
review your progress.
Step 3. Avoid Common Pitfalls that
of traps that can trip you up.
of Bright Shiny Objects!
In our information-laden world, we’re
barraged daily with a tempting array of possibilities
and products—all vying for our time and attention.
to separate the important from the urgent.
get bogged down with busyness—the number
one reason why people fail to move forward in their
presents a challenge. Having a system in
place can help beat this.
Step 4. Set up a System to Get You
one that works for you and set
goals to get you where you want to go.
at the end result can be overwhelming, so break
your big goal down into bite-sized pieces.
start at the end—where
you ultimately want to be in life and in your business.
In light of that, where do you need to be three
years from today? To achieve this, what will you
need to have in place in two years, then one year?
Then, break that down further into 30-day goals.
daily to-do lists.
Keep them short and don’t beat yourself up
if you don’t get everything done. It helps
to circle the ONE thing that’s most important
to get done that day.
Step 5. Stay the Course
don’t always go the way you hope they will—life,
crises and interruptions happen; projects take longer
accountable to someone else. It’s all
too easy to make excuses when there’s no one
to answer to. Ask a friend to help you. Tell them
to accept no excuses. Encourage and thank them,
especially when they have to be tough.
persistent and refuse to quit if the going
Follow these steps to get what you want and look back
with satisfaction in the future. Start
you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness
has genius, power, and magic in it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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