Name It and Claim It:
Affirm your heart’s desire as rightfully yours. Speak of the accomplishment in the present tense: “I am the best person for this job. The promotion is mine.”
Put Yourself in the Picture:
Imagine a day immersed in the role you hope to play, be it wife, father, CEO, or opera singer. Sketch or collage a storyboard of yourself doing those activities. Psychologists say visualization keeps us on track.
Create a Timeline for Action:
A dream is just a dream – until it has a due date. Work backward from that date to map out when interim goals will be met. Even if you have to adjust along the way, your timeline will keep you motivated.
Chart your progress in a daily log: How many chapters studied, miles run, personal ads answered, calories consumed, whatever. At the end of the day, you’ll have something to celebrate or a powerful incentive to get going tomorrow.
Don’t Play by Others’ Rules:
Someone else’s path to success may inspire you, but remember that your unique gifts equip you to make things happen on your own terms.
Use a Setback as a Stepping Stone:
So the loan wasn’t approved or the grant proposal was rejected. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Look for the lesson in what went wrong, and apply this to get it right next time around.