@@This is how I feel about goals: the bigger, the better.@@ Flex your creative muscles. Petition the Universe for guidance. @@Visualize how your life will change after achieving your goal.@@ Do all of that.

Now…feel that? That slight twinge? The negative vibe creeping in? Don’t worry, we have all been there. Every single one of us who has ever dreamed big. It’s a natural response. That first flush of excitement gives way to uncertainty and doubt. The truth is, big goals can be overwhelming. @@The key to accomplishing them is to take small actionable steps that build momentum@@ and add up to your big picture.

But first, a story.

I have a thing for languages, always have. When I was in junior high school, I asked my friend to speak to me only in Spanish. I watch foreign films without reading the subtitles just to get lost in the emotion and cadence of the language. (Netflix for the win!)

So when I decided to visit Italy, naturally I wanted to learn Italian. I dreamed of being able to talk to everyone I encountered in their native language. The hotel concierge, taxi drivers, waiters and shopkeepers and yes, the gorgeous men I knew I was going to meet during my trip. While I didn’t have expectations of becoming fluent in three months, I did wish to learn enough to have meaningful exchanges.

I found My Daily Phrase Italian, a podcast specifically for travelers. It was like a countdown to the start of my Italian adventure. Every day I learned a new word or phrase, which grew into mini weekly conversations. By the time I was ready to go, I could ask for directions, order my favorite meal and find the secrets of the city normally hidden from tourists. The podcast took a beautiful, vocabulary-rich language and broke it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. 

Let’s say you want to write a book. The first thing you need to decide on is whether it will be fiction or non-fiction. What is the genre? Do you want to write mystery/suspense or romance? Does the story take place in a historical period or is it contemporary? Who is the hero? Is it in 1st person or 3rd? Does the point of view switch between 2 characters? What city or country does the story take place? A small town or across several countries?

The idea is to look at the main, overall goal and identify the smaller pieces that will lead you to completion. @@Checking off each sub-topic will not only give you a sense of accomplishment but it marks your progress.@@

When I decided to go to Italy, there were several questions that came into play. What time of year did I want to travel? Exactly where in Italy did I want to go? Would I visit several cities or focus on one? Hotel or private apartment? How long did I want to stay? Travel solo or go with a group?

As I made these decisions, it shifted the energy of my goal and made it an achievable reality. You can apply this principle to your goal. Remember, small actionable steps build momentum and energy. 

Leave a comment below and tell me which big goal is next on your list. What smaller steps are you going to use to make it less intimidating and more achievable?

Love + Light,

Dawn

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