(Today is a guest post from Michael Hyatt. You might have heard of him. He's a plucky, young blogger who I think has a real future in this biz.)
Here’s a fact: I like dreaming more than doing. But here’s another fact: Dreams aren’t worth much without work.
It’s easy to forget that at the beginning of a New Year. We set resolutions and get caught up in the euphoria of the dream.
We’re so determined that it’s almost like we’ve already lost the weight, got the raise, run the marathon, and raised the money to cut the record. But—reality check—we haven’t. It’s still January!
It’s going to take a lot of effort to yank those dreams out of the clouds and bring them down to earth.
In my experience, the most important tool for the job is goal-setting. I’ve been doing it since college and have worked to hone the process ever since. Along the way I’ve learned a lot about what motivates people to achieve their dreams and what prevents them from doing so.
One of the main things that slows our progress—and something effective goals can help you with—is what I call the messy middle.