As we wrap up this year (can you believe it’s December?!), let’s take some time to celebrate our wins and shine a spotlight on the dreams that are still waiting backstage, ready for their breakthrough moment in 2024.
Let’s reflect on what we’ve learned and relearned through all the twists and turns over the last twelve months to discover the secret sauce in making some of our dreams come true and examine why others still linger on our to-do lists, eagerly awaiting to be crossed off.
If we’re serious about turning those dreams into reality next year, it’s time to get intentional. We must decode the magic behind our victories and unlock the mystery behind those unfulfilled dreams.
So, let’s talk about three dream derailers — lack of clarity, lack of accountability, and overcomplicating.
Deciding the simplest next step feels nearly impossible when we’re overcomplicating our situations. We freeze, unable to decide what to do next, which leaves us feeling disempowered and stuck.
It’s thinking we need the newest camera before starting a YouTube channel when using our smartphone to record videos will do the trick. Or delaying a daily workout routine until we have a new pair of sneakers when the ones in our closet are ready for action. Or waiting until we have three hours for a writing session when squeezing in fifteen minutes between Zoom calls might be the real game-changer in finishing the book we’ve dreamed of writing for years.
Often, we overthink our way out of doing the one thing that will jumpstart our progress…taking action. Consistent baby steps lead to victory, not the grand leaps we often imagine.
When I start overthinking or making excuses, I ask myself one question — What would this look like if it were easy? This gem, borrowed from the wisdom of Tim Ferriss, is my secret weapon against perfectionism and complexity.
This question forces us to uncover the simplest next steps, especially with our crazy big dreams. It gets us out of our heads and into action, which is exactly where progress happens. When we get curious about how to make things easier in our business, career, and life, solutions start to reveal themselves.
For example, I wanted to start a new series on my YouTube channel a few weeks ago. I initially overcomplicated the recording, editing, and marketing processes. Asking what it would look like if it were easy led me to launch it as a live show the next day. Bam! Was it perfect? Nope. Have I learned and improved? Yep. Plus, it’s so much fun. Simplicity is the ultimate catalyst for progress.
So, what dreams are you carrying over to next year? And more importantly, what will you do to make them easier to accomplish?