1) At the top of a piece of paper or word processing document write: “To improve the quality of my life and career, I need to…” Use the information you’ve collected in the other exercises in this section to create a prioritized list of changes that you intend to implement.
2) Once you’ve completed all of your immediate priority tasks, go back to your list and see if the next level of priority items has now moved up to immediate or if there are other items that have taken their place.
3) Periodically, review your progress. It’s not uncommon to take two steps forward and one step back. You may find that you have a hard time maintaining these new behaviors and need to use the lists to reinforce why you’re making these changes. You may also find that your priorities change over time.
Know your limits:
As you work on identifying what you really want, take the time to figure out how badly you want each of those things. Being self-employed is hard. Mastering new skills and technologies is hard. Putting your best work out into a market that may or may not accept it is hard. Adapting to change is hard.
As you start to articulate your dreams and goals, evaluate how hard you’re willing to fight for each of those goals. How many hours are you willing to work? How much money are you willing to spend? How many risks are you willing to take? Would you go into debt to achieve this goal? If so, by how much? What are you willing to sacrifice? What are you fully committed to? What are you willing to compromise? Where does the line where you say “enough, it’s just not worth it” fall?
Understanding those limits early and clearly will save you a lot of heartache.