Last week ended up being a hard week for me. I was sick all week, and then on Friday afternoon, I hit a dog on my way to pick up my niece and nephew from school.
It was hard to take a step in any direction much less in the direction of my dreams. I have been feeling a lot of resistance in myself, a lot of fear. That is why, at least for me, I need to dream first. I need to motivate myself through my dreams, but also I need to motivate myself in God’s Word which is why I have decided to start a dream journal.
A dream journal can be kept in anything. It can be a blank journal, a composition notebook, or a binder. You can draw, doodle, or simply write. It is your journal. The purpose of the journal is to record not only your dreams, but also to record your accomplishments. How you do it is not important. Only that you do it.
On Tuesday I had you make 2 lists: one with the roles that you currently have and one with the roles you would like to have. Copy this list onto the front pages of your journal.
Now today I want you to take those lists and study them. Divide them into categories. My lists can be divided into the following categories:
Do some of your roles overlap into different categories? Mine did.
Now I want you to take your journal, and for this month I want you to record 1 or 2 goals for each category. Make them S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound.
After you write down your goals, you will want to break them down into very specific steps, and this is where the book 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Christine Caine comes in handy. In the book, she has you doing 1 “mini” project every day, but she also has you doing 1 “mega” project for the 21 days. In order to complete the megaproject you have to break it down into smaller pieces, completing one task each day until the project is complete.
For example, “losing 10 pounds by April 1” would be a megaproject, and the 21 days or steps might look something like this:
Day 1: Plan out meals for the month of March.
Day 2: Plan out exercise schedule for month of March.
Day 3: Clean out pantry and fridge.
Day 4: Grocery shopping for week 1
Day 5: Food prep for week 1
Day 6: Buy a good pair of walking shoes
Day 7: Increase steps walked by 1000, and so on…
My goal last Tuesday was to help you choose 1 dream or project to work on for the month of March. The guidelines for choosing this dream were:
- Start with the urgent
- Start with your priorities and values
- Start with your passions
- Start small
I want you to start small because this month isn’t about accomplishing your dream/project in this month. This month is about giving you the tools, knowledge and motivation to face your fears and accomplish your dreams.
Today I want you to break down that dream just like I showed you above. I also want you to plan out some small things that you have wanted to accomplish. For me, it is things like customizing the cover of my dream journal, painting the Lego table that I made for my nephew, crocheting a hat, etc. Those are the small things I want to accomplish. When they are accomplished, take photos or simply write them down in your dream journal.
Plan it out. Write it down. Break it down into the smallest pieces that you can. Then focus on making it happen one step at a time.