I learned a saying in my childhood that still resonates with me daily, and is probably at the root of much of my drive. Translated loosely from French, “Help yourself and the Divine will help you” means that before appealing to Providence for help, one must first make the necessary effort and try all possible solutions.
You can have dreams, goals and desires, and if you put the effort into making them happen, the Universe will conspire with you to assemble the resources that you need to help you reach your goal.
It might feel strange to you to have a Life Coach bringing the Universe into the discussion, so why don’t I go further and add the Law of Attraction into the mix as well, as I see it having influence on your mindset and attitude to make things happen. I see merit in the idea that people and their thoughts are made from “pure energy” and that a process of like energy attracting like energy exists through which a person can improve their health, wealth, and personal relationships.
First, it connects you to your intuition which I have written about before. Secondly, it forces you to recalibrate, and assess how prepared you are to achieve your goal in terms of effort, attitude, alignment and purpose.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis
While I appreciate how meditation will calm your mind and improve clarity of vision, and that practicing affirmations will bring you focus and positivity, I will say that it is a valid prescription that works best when applied with good doses of effort and action.
When I am inspired to embark on a new travel adventure or activity, I usually start out by making my vision as clear as possible, and verbalizing strong positive intentions and affirmations before writing out an actionable plan and the Universe begins to conspire to assemble the resources.
8 Key Steps to Actualizing Your Goals
- Start by believing that you are worthy of that dream, and that you possess the resources and aptitudes needed to pursue it.
- You will need a vivid description of your dream, with as many details as you can. If you dream of being a successful artist, then visualize what you paint, how and where you paint. Visualize your work in an art show.
- Do an inventory of how equipped you are to actualize that dream. Assess the resources you will need and the effort that will be required from you.
- Make a plan. This is actually where most people fail. A plan has to be actionable, with specific attainable milestones and a clear understanding of the resources that need to be engaged and when.
- Plan the work and work the plan. You are the only one who can make it happen. You have to take each step, and then mark the milestones complete when you reach them.
- Be accountable. Check in with someone who will hold you to your goals, if that helps you stay on plan.
- Celebrate the milestones. Pat yourself on the back. Put a big check mark in the column of the to-do list!
- Throughout the process, be mindful of your thoughts and try to remain positive, and optimistic. Face the challenges with courage and enthusiasm. Be grateful that the challenges are getting you closer to your goal.
A word of caution – be realistic. If you have no rhythm there’s a good chance you will never be the professional dancer you dream of being. However, if you love to dance, then adjust your dream to dance as often as you can, by opening a dance studio for example or organizing dance events.
Having a clear picture of what the dream will demand of you is important. It helps you take stock of the effort and resources that will be needed. Are you prepared to do the hard work, the messy stuff and not just the parts that are appealing to you? Dreaming of having a beautiful garden, and being a good gardener means daily toiling outdoors, rain or shine, and a lot of physical effort. If all that brings you happiness, then have at it!
What you aspire to be, what you dream of doing, can be achieved. I submit that with a plan, and the right attitude, you can tap into an abundance of resources, to make it happen.