So you’ve set your goals for the coming year, month, week, your goal for the day. What next? When is it time to start taking action?

RIGHT AWAY!

The very first thing you do when deciding on a goal is to take IMMEDIATE action to meet that goal.

I’m not saying you have to stop everything and devote all of your time and attention to it right now, I’m just saying take a step, one step, ANY step to get you to that goal.

A goal you aren’t taking action on isn’t a goal, it’s a wish. And if wishes were horses, beggars would ride, isn’t that what “they” say?

Any goal that’s just sitting in your planner or on your white board or wherever you write your goals down (you DO write you goals down, right???) that you haven’t taken any action on is a goal you aren’t going to meet.

Several months ago I decided I wanted to start collecting as many of the comics that came out the month I was born (October 1972) as I could find. That’s a tall order, though, and I wasn’t in a position to order them all right away. But that didn’t stop me from taking a step toward it. I googled “Comic books released October 1972“, which led me to a direct link on MyComicShop.com. I bookmarked the link and now I have a full list of comics cover dated October 1972. It wasn’t a huge step, but it was a step, something solid I could look at and know I was that much closer to reaching the goal because it’s not just a fancy idea flitting about in my head. It’s concrete. I can click on the link and immediately see the list and if I can see the list, I can make a plan. I can look ahead and see what comics are next on the list that I can afford. When I get paid, I can determine if there’s money left over to buy one of these issues.

It will take a while–it’s a LONG list–but the steps are in place and, one by one, I will achieve this goal. Because when I got the idea and decided to make it a reality, I took immediate ACTION.

So when you set your goals, when you decide something is important enough to you to be a reality as opposed to a lofty idea, take one step toward the realization of it, one step to set you on the path to completion. Every journey begins with one step, and that one step can, and will, make all the difference in living the life you dream of.