Monday, August 13, 2012

Put all your eggs in one basket

I don't know who came up with the saying 'don't put all your eggs in one basket'  but that person must of never had a basket they really desired.

One thing I can say about myself is I make my dreams come true.  I don't know how but they happen.   No matter how odd or how far off they seem they eventually become a reality.  Not to say I can create these things quickly or easily... they take hard work and years of dedication and pursuing.

I'm not sure where the drive comes from or why I think anything is possible... I believe there is a way around anything.  I don't listen to people who say they can't or that something is not possible... I listen to people that say let's figure it out or there has got to be a way.  I have to say that probably came from being with my nutritionist for years.  She always tells me there is no such thing as can't and I guess years of her telling me to reword my comments so can't is not in there made me realize there really is no such thing as can't.  During the years of treatment for my recovery from an Eating Disorder I was surrounded by people who told me I can, who encouraged me to follow my dreams, who accepted my ideas and who I was no matter how weird my ideas sounded.  I guess when you surround yourself in that sort of atmosphere for 10 years it just becomes your way of life.  At this point in my life I really can't see life any other way.

Keys for me to make my goals happen:

- Dream: I dream about my goals... not only in my sleep but day dream about them.  I imagine everything from how to make it happen to what it would be like when it happens.

I keep dreaming about the goal until it seems real... then I know I am ready to make it happen.

- Research:  Research is important to know everything you can about the goal you are trying to reach.  Are there different ways of reaching the goal?  Are there other people who are pursuing or have reached the goal you are trying to obtain?  What resources are needed or are out there to reach this goal?

- Make a plan:  Most of my goals have a financial block which I have to think around.  I don't have a lot of money or make a lot of money and unfortunately everything seems to take money.  So I have to decide what type of sacrifices I am willing to make and how I can earn extra income.  Then I also think of any hurdles that may come up and how I will handle these situations... this helps me reduce the stress... if I know things will come up that could delay my goal I won't be as upset as I would be if I didn't plan.  I think about things and people I will need to help create this goal.  Is this something I can do by myself or will I need help of someone else?  Are there things I will need to create or purchase to make this goal realistic?

**Set realistic steps:  this not only makes the task of reaching your goal more obtainable but it helps you feel like you are accomplishing something towards your goal... especially important if your goal is far off.

- Set a date:  once I have dreamt about the goal, can see it from start to finish and created a plan I set a realistic date as to when it will happen.  This usually happens when I can see reaching the goal within a year.

- Live your Goal:  This is where 'put all your eggs in one basket' comes into play.  Once I have set a date and have an idea as to how to make it happen I live that goal.  Not that I don't do my every day what have yous... but while doing these every day things  I think about them in terms of how it will help me reach my goal.  There are many things in life that can take you away from your goal but it is all in the way you think about it.  Instead of saying your job is keeping you from your goal you can start to think about how you can use your job to help reach your goal.  If you have a family and it seems like there is always something that comes up, use that something that comes up to reach your goal instead of postponing your goal.  How can you make it work for you?

It may seem a bit daring or dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket but if it is something that you desire more than anything then it is totally worth the challenge.  You and your goal are worth putting all your eggs in one basket.  Anything is possible and never let anyone tell you otherwise.

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