Step 4: Warning: Action Required
Warning: Action Required
Are you ready for Step 4 in successfully beginning the journey through change? You’ve created some beautifully D.U.M.B. goals, so what’s next? Warning: This part requires you to start putting your money where your mouth is. Or should I say putting some action where your thoughts are. I talked about the difference between D.U.M.B. and S.M.A.R.T. goals, so let’s see if we can marry the two, because they’re both important. Take a look at those D.U.M.B. goals and ask yourself this question.
What is the first step I can take toward achieving this goal?
Let’s use the example from last week:
I will create a lifestyle that frees me from all of the “stuff” of life so I can spend my time
traveling to exotic places, enjoying the surf and sand, and sharing breathtaking sunsets
from my patio with family and friends.
What would be a first step toward that goal? Maybe it’s choosing a place to live- a particular state or community or a particular type of environment (urban, beach, mountains, you get it). When you decide on this first step, you’re going to S.M.A.R.T. it.
For example: By February 23, I will research and identify 3 communities to that I want to visit and explore as possible next step.
It meets all the criteria, right? It also gets you moving toward what you want. You may want to sit down and write a list of 5 goals that will accomplish one piece of that larger goal so that you can be sure to have a decision within a certain time frame. It would also be wise to set a time frame for that large D.U.M.B. goal, even if it’s years down the road.
A final thought and shameless plug
If this sounds exhausting and a bit overwhelming to you, just take a breath. The beauty of this is that YOU are in charge. Notice that the first S.M.A.R.T. goal was a very small chunk of the much grander scheme. You could make it even smaller, if that helps, by aiming to choose just one possible community or state or environment to consider. The most important idea is to just take an action-a thoughtful, directed action. And as you complete each small task, you’ll gain the confidence to keep moving forward. If you really want to increase the odds of accomplishing those dreams, grab a partner. A friend, spouse, a coach (shameless plug). Someone who will keep you accountable and act as a sounding board. You’ll find the journey to be that much more exciting and rewarding.
Suzanne Leon is a certified Transition Coach who helps her clients navigate challenging life changes. Through retirement coaching, Suzanne helps her clients envision and create a lifestyle that allows them to savor the freedom they’ve been working for, while continuing to grow, serve and stay connected to others in their families and communities. Visit her website to find out more about her personalized services.