8 Steps to Reach Your Goals

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Hello! At the beginning and end of my posts I like to give you a quick and easy action that will make you feel good/better. So before I begin, I invite you to take a big, deep breath down in to your belly. Ahhhhh..it’s so important to breathe!

For the month of January I am committed to writing about goal setting and how to keep those goals. I’ve gotten very good at this over time. It’s even become fun to test the limits of this method to see just how much further I can push to obtain that much more.  

My old methods used to consist of thinking about what I wanted and declaring it in my mind, maybe even writing it down…and that was about it. I might have worked toward them for the first few months of the year, and they would eventually whither away, left abandoned and unfulfilled. 

But not anymore! 

I have changed my ways and unlocked the simple methods that work. Some of the desires and goals that I’ve been able to achieve are home ownership, marriage, motherhood, bought my dream home, turned my first home into a rental property for passive income, millionaire by age 30(!), earned at least $150K for 2018, and so many more. 

I have dreams that extend much further beyond these but as I look back and reflect at what I have done I know for certain that I have the power to achieve my goals. It has not been luck, it has been the methods I use to keep me on track to chase my hearts desires! Here is what I do and have been doing for the past several years:

1. Find some time; a quiet space; a notebook; and start dreaming!

Definitely do this once a year, if not throughout the year. Think of all of your dreams and Write. Them. DOWN! This is crucial, the written word is so powerful. The format is up to you, if you like lists, list them. If you see it as a story, then paragraphs. Charts, diagrams, headers, footers, images, whatever! Just get them written down and be specific. No dream is too big, minor, silly or materialistic to include – wealth, children, fame, influence, degrees, homes, vacation homes, rental homes, sweet car, clear skin, great hair, hot bod, dream job, no job…I think you get it. 

For example, I always knew that my first home I bought would eventually one day be an investment property, so I would dream about my dream home. I wrote down everything I wanted in my next home which was:

At least 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 3 car garage, brick exterior, hardwood floors, on a cul-de-sac, large kitchen, open floor plan, specific neighborhood and school zone, useable basement, big backyard, big windows, high ceilings…and my current house has all of that, PLUS a view of the city which wasn’t even on my list! I am living in my word-for-word dream home. 

2. Take those dreams and break them down into obtainable goals

So you’ve dreamed big, now what? Now you take each and every dream, and dissect them into steps you can take to get achieve them. Want financial freedom? Start with a goal to make a budget. Already have a budget? Then make a goal to start earning more income. The next goal you make depends on how far into your journey of getting somewhere that you are, and you must start where you are. Do not let where you aren’t discourage you, it is a waste of precious time! Perhaps you want to be an author, maybe you’ve already written a book, maybe you’ve never written anything, maybe you still need to buy a laptop, maybe you need to take a writing class…there are goals to be set to get you going in the right direction. So break each of your dreams down and write down goals to get you headed that way! 

3. Then take those goals and break them down one more time

So you dream of financial freedom and you know that one goal to get there is to pay off your debt. Great! Now you take the goal of paying off debt and break that down again into another goal which you can start to do right now, such as creating a budget, cutting expenses so more of your income can go toward your debt, looking for ways to make extra money to pay it off faster, etc. You’ve taken something that seems like a big ask into a smaller obtainable goal that you can manage today.

4. Write it all down

Can’t stress this enough, has to be written down, each and every goal. 

5. Monthly Check Ins

At the beginning of each month, I revisit the list of dreams and obtainable goals I created and I then create daily/weekly tasks for myself with those dreams and goals in mind. Then I write all of those down and keep that list nearby throughout the month (in my purse, planner, taped in the closet, wherever you’ll come across it often), to remind myself of my To Dos for that month. Things that will help me get another step further. By the way, write these down! 

6. Daily Affirmations (written, spoken, visualized)

Every day I find a few minutes to write down affirmations which includes mindsets, qualities, and my dreams as though they are all here and true. For example “I am a mother of two healthy, happy children, I live in my dream home, I am a multimillionaire and financially free, I own rental properties for passive income, I am healthy, happy, beautiful, confident, successful, wealthy, patient, loving, peaceful, and a size 4″…write it all down as if its here now then speak it out loud. After that close your eyes and picture what that looks like. Imagine your fabulous self up on stage, or at your vacation home with your family, or signing a best selling book. Soak that visualization up! Do this every day, preferably in the morning to remind yourself what you are working toward. 

7. Create the schedule and preparation/planning time

You have to schedule, plan, and prepare for these activities or it just won’t happen. Write the schedule down too. Want to lose weight? What days/times will you exercise? What will you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to make sure you are on plan on going to meet your goal? If you want to lose weight, pick the time each day you will work out, don’t wait until you feel like it because that will never happen. Want to start writing a blog or book? What time and day will you commit to working in it? Start putting this into your schedule. For example:

Sundays: Grocery shopping  and meal prepping so we are set for the week 

6am – get up, drink my coffee, have quiet time for my journaling, praying, and affirmations until around

6:45am-7:15am: my husband and I do a half hour BeachBody workout together. This is regimented but also includes a fair dose of chaos as our son always wakes up sometime while this is going on so we do our best to use him in our workouts and keep him occupied. 

Put it in to your schedule and commit to it! Let everyone know too, if you are going to start going to the gym after work, tell your friends and family. They will support it and when they invite you out for dinner, they’ll be aware to set the time for after your workout. 

8. Reflection and Confirmations

The best way to keep your motivation up and start to realize how much you are in control of achieving your dreams is to keep your eyes open to confirmation. Reflect and look for signs because achieving your dreams comes in small steps, maybe even unrecognizable steps at first. Every pound counts when you want to lose 50 of them. Or looking back and realizing that you’ve cut your soda addiction or you meal prep now. Look back the year prior or decade prior and value the differences between where you were and where you are now. Starting out, there may not be much change, but if you continue to do these methods then over time you will be blown away by how far just desiring and keeping your goals written down and working at them will get you to what you want. 

It’s so fun to dream, it won’t harm you in any way to imagine the best for yourself. I used to fear setting my sights too high because I worried that I would disappoint myself…that’s so wrong! It has never once hurt me to think of myself as a multimillionaire with two healthy, beautiful children, financial freedom, healthy and fit, in a dream home, a well known and respected business woman in my community, a savvy investor, and a successful blog writer. I do not turn away from these desires anymore, I turn toward them and open my heart up to them, and it is FUN! Not painful. Try it, let yourself dream the big ones and write them down, acknowledge them and give them life. It will change everything for you.

*Another note to mention…I also used to think God had blessed me enough and it was greedy to desire more. Others would kill to have what I have, so why can’t that be enough? Well, let me explain the correct mindset. Yes, it IS enough and should be reflected on and you should be brimming with gratefulness and appreciation which will help you feel fulfilled and enjoy the moment. God also wants the very best for you and striving for more does not mean you’re not appreciative of what you already have. You can be grateful and honor your blessings you currently have and also strive for more at the same time. 

Now, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and picture yourself as you see yourself in your dream life. 

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  • Emmanuella Love

    May 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the website listed below with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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