Do you see yourself as an alchemist?
Merriam-Webster defines alchemy as “a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way. “
I know what you’re thinking.. “But I thought we were talking about goals, not science KoolKnitta!
Gimme a second. Let me learn ya!
Taking where you are and transforming it into where you’d like to be, requires many ingredients. But my favorites are as follow
As dreamers, we often find ourselves with the challenge of transforming abstract concepts i.e “nothing” into tangible results i.e “something”.
I believe, dreamers are all alchemist. We pull things out of the theoretical realm with hopes it will manifest in the physical realm.
Think of your pen and paper as a weight. Weights limit movement and make your ideas too heavy to fly away.
Writing down your dreams takes concepts and makes them measurable.
“But I don’t like to write, Knitta. I just like to dream a great dream and hope it will come true.” say’s our non-productive self
And that is why so many of us have wonderful ideas with 0 progress.
Once you make your goals measurable, you can track you progress.
I use 3 different lists to measure my progress towards my goals.
- Task List- Tiny steps toward greatness
- Mid Term- Challenging yet seemingly possible
- Long Term –Grandiose
For ejemplo, when I first decided I wanted to be a professional writer, I had no idea where to start. When you have spent your life allowing dreams to pass, it is easy to feel overwhelmed once you decide to chase them. So made 3 lists and I added 3 things, one per list.
It looked almost identical to the following:
- A to-do item – write down your fears
- A distant yet reachable goal- Publish your first article for pay
- A “haha you wish” list- Make over $1,000 in revenue by the end of 2016.
By writing down the smallest of steps, I was able to take the fear out of dream chasing. In addition to removing my fears, I made my progress traceable.
No matter how small the step, I knew when I made conscious motions towards my dreams.
Next time we will dive into the importance of the first list- The “tasks” list.