Since I left the corporate world to focus fully on my dream company SASHE, several people asked me what was the deciding factor that made me do it. In other words, what was it that pushed me to take the leap.
The tone of the question, like I had just jumped off a bridge, baffled me. Quite frankly, it caught me by surprise. The decision to leave my job and pursue my dream, was not an overnight decision. It took 3 years of planning, strategizing and taking steps towards the goal. The day I resigned, was part of a plan.
I’ve come to realize that achieving a goal is not as difficult as it may seem. It’s taking the first step that is the most challenging. Once on Oprah, Dr. Oz stated that we often think that motivation is required before we act on something. Many of us wait for the right motivation to hit us. However, according to Oz, it’s taking action that creates the motivation.
When it comes to moving towards your goal whether professionally or personally, it starts with action. Sometimes the first step may be making a phone call, writing a letter, getting on an exercise machine, taking a class, asking a question, filling out an application, reading a book or going to a meeting.
As you get older, you will find out how short life really is. And if you don’t start moving towards your goals and dreams, you’ll wake up one morning with many regrets. Whatever you want to do, get up and do it. Nike was brilliant when it made “Just Do it” it’s slogan.
What are your dreams, what are your aspirations? What do you want to be? What are you not doing that you know you should?
When it comes to dreams, many of my clients ask me how to get motivated to start making progress; like there is a magic pill. Well I am sorry to tell that there isn’t a magic pill. The best way to do it is just that. Do it. Take it one step at a time. The hardest part is getting off your rear end. Once you make that first step, the rest will fall into place.