Why Wait? Take Control of Your Life Now Every day the sun rises and sets. One more day passes. On this day, did you take a step toward attaining your goals and dreams? Maybe you discovered something wonderful or really enjoyed yourself. However, the other possibility is that the day slipped by pretty much unnoticed. Maybe days, weeks, or even months pass when you don’t think about your personal goals. If that’s the case, the question you must ask yourself is, “What am I waiting for?” The good news is that you can start working to achieve your personal and professional desires today. They’re still there, just waiting for you! Follow these tips to help you take back control so you can live the life you desire: 1. Review your desired goals and jot them down. Just to get yourself back on track, ponder your goals and write them out. This way, you’ll be completely clear about what goals you want to work toward. 2. Look at each goal in sequence. What would you have to do first to begin working toward Goal A? What would your next step be that would lead you to eventually achieve Goal A? Once you understand the path, you can follow it to accomplish your wish. 3. Acknowledge you’re worth it. Whatever, time, research, and money it takes to work toward your goals, you deserve it. Recognize this fact and remind yourself of it regularly. 4. Connect with the concept that you’re in charge of your own life. The only person that can truly control your choices and decisions is you. How do you feel about that? Are you excited or maybe a bit afraid? It’s okay to have fear; just don’t let it stop you in your efforts to accomplish your life aspirations. 5. Avoid waiting any longer. Don’t let another day go by without doing something to make progress toward your chosen wishes. It’s going to feel great to get working on your desires. You’ve got the controls now. 6. Celebrate small successes. Let’s say you’ve always wanted to take a trip to Thailand. Last week you bought an audio CD to begin learning some basic Thai phrases. This week, you started saving $50 and vowed to save that amount each week toward your trip. Good for you! Why not cook up a Thai dinner to celebrate your efforts? * Acknowledge your progress toward your goals by celebrating along the way. Each milestone you complete will help you realize how important it is to have dreams and desires. 7. Infuse aspects of your life goals into each day. When you begin to focus on fulfilling life goals, you’ll find it necessary to think about them and maybe even talk about them each day. Remind yourself daily about what you’re doing-the progress you’ve made and what you want to do next to get even closer to your dream. * Cut out pictures that signify your goals and display them wherever you’d like-on the inside cover of your schedule book or on the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror. Watch movies with subject matter or settings related to your goals. Keep your endeavors alive in your daily life. When you stop waiting on other people or situations to make your life “happen,” you regain control over how you spend your time. Ensure you know exactly what goals you’re working toward and examine each goal in sequence, from starting to work on it to achieving the end result you seek. Remind yourself you’re worth whatever it takes to achieve. Acknowledge that only you are in charge of your life. Stop depending on other people and things to make your life what you want it to be. Celebrate your progress toward goals and entwine aspects of your aspirations into your daily life. When you follow these tips, you’ll have renewed control and focus. Then, you’ll spend your days achieving your dreams, desires, and goals.