This is one of the questions in the book The 4-Hour Work week by Timothy Ferriss. The exercise is called “dream-lining” where you create 2 time lines a 6 month and a 12 month list. You then list up to 5 things you 1) dream of having 2) dream of being and 3) dream of doing.
The key is to not impose limitations on yourself, if something increases or improves your feeling of self worth, then write it down.
When I went into real estate, I set a goal to make a certain amount of money. My first year was the hardest time I’ve ever had. We ended up using a huge chunk of our savings to get us through the year. I even met with a “seasoned” agent who told me “you’ll never make it in real estate, it will eat you alive”. I walked out to my car and cried my eyes out. The next year I achieved my goal x 4.
Later, I wanted to scuba dive. I have to confess I really struggled. During my first open water dive in 53 degree water I had a panic attack and cried the whole way home. I felt so defeated. A couple of days later, I decided I was NOT going to let it beat me and I was going to try it again, but in warmer water. So, my husband booked a trip to Cozumel where we completed our open water certification. It was a major accomplishment for me.
I challenge you to join me in setting your goals! We can visualize the out come, work hard daily and never give up. What would you do if there was no way you could fail?