With 365 actionable suggestions from Achieve Anything in Just One Year, you’ll be inspired to live your dreams and achieve your goals.
Here are the first 10 days. Let’s begin the journey.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nothing builds confidence like taking action. Confident people start small and continue to take action until they become more comfortable with the risk.
The first day, Jason tells us to get a notebook and write your dreams. Don’t judge them. Just write them down.
You need a little faith.
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling.
Having the opportunity to choose is essential for well-being, but choice has negatives features. As the author of The Paradox of Choice says, to manage the problem of excessive choice, we must decide which choices in our lives really matter and focus our time and and energy there.
Try the following:
1. Review some recent decisions that you’ve made, both small and large.
2. Itemize the steps, time, research, and anxiety that went into making those decisions.
3. Remind yourself how it felt to do that work.
4. Ask yourself how much your final decision benefited.
Today your task is to observe your choices. Are you making choices that limit you or choices that nurture you?
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe.
Robert Biswas defines courage in his book The Courage Quotient by saying that is not found only in physical acts; it is fundamentally an attitude toward facing intimidating situations.
Look at some of your dreams. Pick one. What can you do to boldly go in the direction of that dream? What first step can you take in faith?
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Addams.
Do one nice thing for someone else. There are two rules to keep in mind when carrying out this assignment. One, you have to be sincere. Two, you must not expect a single thing in return.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” Winston Churchill
Take one step toward your achieving your destiny. Look at your list of dreams and pick one thing you want to achieve by the end of this year. What can you do to launch your journey?
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France.
Start another list of Action Items in your notebook. Create a list of simple things. What does this have to do with your dreams?
“There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.” Franz Kafka.
The Book of Doing offers a collection of ideas and activities that encourage you to use your life as a canvas. Here are 10 Laws of doing:
1. Everything starts with nothing.
2. It is never too late to start doing.
3. Choose doing and learn from doing.
4. Set a vision, but be open to the exploration.
5. Getting started is the first step.
6. The things worth doing aren’t easy and take time.
7. Taking a break can make your project better.
8. Do for you.
9. Let your creativity bring out the creativity in someone else.
10. Finish your projects.
Turn off the TV. Pick one action item and do it. When you’re done, congratulate yourself.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. Helen Keller.
Think about partnerships. Do you have any?
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Write a definition of yourself in three sentences. Then write down five things you really like about yourself and write five things you wish to change.
Yes, change hurts. Do it anyway. Embrace the fear of freedom, deciding to determine your own path, this is the work of a grownup, of someone who can identify what truly matters. Do what you should do. Your mood will follow, says Seth Godin, author What to Do When its Your Turn (and its Always Your Turn)
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney.
Think about something positive you could do that completely shock people who know you.
Don’t stop here. Change your destiny.