How do you attain your goals?  I believe in hard work but there is something to be said about warming up before you workout. Warming up is way getting the muscles limber with easy but brisk movements. A good way to warm up your goal achievement muscles is by starting with what you are good at. 

Your talents are what make you special and can make you feel rejuvenated. Sometimes I think that talents are underrated, some people are so consumed with what needs to change in their life that they forget to celebrate and improve the things that they are excel. So take some time to figure out your talents, everything you can think of and write them down. If you have a New You Journal make sure you get it out and title this My Talents and just brainstorm. What are you good at? What are you great at? What do other people complement you on? Even if it is something you can’t take credit for, like your beauty, write it down any way. Also ask yourself when people come to me for help or advice what is the topic or the thing that they need? What special skills do I have? What classes did I ace? Write down your degrees, your hobbies, and make sure you share your hidden talents? In other words write till you can’t write any more.

If you've read New You New Year and followed the step than you should go by those goal you credited. Read and pick out all of the talents that will help you with each goal; complete one goal at a time and feel free to repeat talents. On a new list write out each goal and all of the talents that will help you accomplish that goal. If you get stuck ask you family and friends for help. You can let them know what you are doing or vaguely ask them what are some of best attributes. If their answers are vague give them the subject, for example if your goal is to gain new friends you can ask them what it is about you that makes them want to be your friend. If you just can’t come up with a talent of your own, find someone who you think is talented and asks them to “mentor” you. For example, if you don't know how to improve your personal finances ask your rich uncle, not for money, but for advice. If that person hesitate to help find someone else or offer them help in exchange (I’ll mow you lawn, or I’ll cook you dinner if I can ask you for advice once a week, again use your talents as you guide). While you'ree at it find a community, online communities are great, of people where you can also seek advice for attaining your goals.

Now that you have a wealth of talent to work from come up with a game plan. On a new page come up with at least four steps you can take for each goals (try to keep your talents in mind). This week commit to completing one step for each goal per week. If you have six goals you can complete one step for one goal a day with on day of planning the next week. That’s why I think it is good to assign a day for. For Love Lust and Life I have come up with themed days to help me stay balanced and productive. Sometimes I skip a day or change the order, but I attempt to make it up later. The most important thing is that every day you do at least one thing towards accomplishing your goals. Oh I almost forgot to tell you that it is very important look at your goals every day. Print out, or write out, your New You Goals and put it where you can see and read it every day. I love the idea of framing them in a pretty frame and putting them on your night stand. I tape the up on my bedroom door at eye level so I can’t miss them, even if I try.

Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity



LazyKing said...

I have to read this book and try to be more organized just like you for blogging.
great post.
But what do you do if you have no talent at all?

LLnL said...

That better be a ; ) LZ cause you have talent pouring out of you finger tips.

I do believe everyone has talent. Accounting is a talent, finding good parking spaces is a talent, forgiving people is a talent. The key is to think outside of the box: what are all the things that I find easy, what skills have I refined through out the years, and how can I use my talents to better the world.

If you think you have no talent then it just means you don't spend enough getting to know myself. Like I said before prayer and mediation can get you over any hump.

LazyKing said...

thank youuuuu :)