Today I want to introduce you to guest poster and former client of mine, Jessica Gonzalez (aka Jica Gonz)!
Jessica came to see me, because she wanted to optimize her blog and explore the possibility of using it as a platform for a future career in personal development.
I think she is absolutely amazing and highly motivated, because she started learning about blogging and on line marketing while she was in high school!
Of course, technology was different when I was in high school, but I wish I had started then!
Here Jessica shares why it’s so important to have a clear goal in mind and start taking small actionable steps based on her own experiences–enjoy!
I have finally graduated from high school–maybe that doesn’t sound like a big achievement, but it is to me.
Because now I’m finally able to make my own choices in life!
Like most graduates my age, I have dedicated a lot of time to planning my future. I’ve considered blogging about personal development as a career, studying to become a pastry chef, majoring in communications, or simply working without a further education…
But instead of taking small actionable steps towards planning for college while I was in high school, I wasn’t sure if it was right for me.
Even though I realize I have plenty of time to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, I do feel some regret that I didn’t prepare for college like most people my age.
High school ended, and I was never able to take the test that was required for college. On some level, I didn’t believe the future would ever really arrive, so I didn’t make use of my time as best as I could have.
With hindsight, I see now that I really do want the experience and education that college can provide. I want to study to become a pastry chef and continue blogging about personal development and my own experiences on my blog Basked in Sunshine.
So now I’m taking steps in that direction, even if they are a little bit later…
Below are some tips I’m using now to better plan for the future by taking small actionable steps in the present moment.
3 Powerful Tips for Taking Small Action Steps in the Present
1) Discover Your Purpose
The sooner the better!
Now that I’m clear about what I want to do, I know which small steps I need to take in the moment to get there day by day.
It’s impossible to take small action steps toward your future goal in the present moment if you don’t have a clear vision of what the end result will be.
Knowing your purpose allows you to live it in the moment and start taking action steps in the present moment to fulfill it.
If you’re not sure what your purpose is, there are many techniques to prompt you on your journey.
One such technique is to make a list of all the things you are passionate about in life.
Keep writing and adding more and more to your list. The one that makes you cry is a clue to your purpose.
Celes Chua has a detailed article about how to do this–you can check it out on her blog Personal Excellence here.
Here are some other resources for finding your purpose on Christina’s blog, Coaching With Christina:
2) Write a Daily To- Do List
Now I keep a To-Do List to make sure I’m taking at least one small action step each day that will get me closer to my future goal.
Make sure to keep something you love on your To-Do List–not just chores or work-related things.
By the way, keep it simple so you don’t end up procrastinating–no more than 3-5 tasks!
3) Live Your Dream in the Present, Not in the Future
For example, if you like writing (like I do), it’s important to write each day because you want to–not because you expect to be offered a book deal in the future.
If you write (or do something else you love) each day, your skills will naturally improve.
Maybe you’ll get a book deal, maybe you won’t–but at least you’re writing each day and loving it!
Leave a comment below if you can relate to this experience I had (of not taking action in the present moment due to lack of clarity about the future).
How did you overcome it? Share your tips as well!
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Hello! My name is Jessica González but you can just call me by my pen name, which is Jica Gonz.
I enjoy helping others, cooking, drawing, and writing fiction (you can find my stories on my blog “Aika’s Text Novels”).
I believe personal development roots from one principal element, being you.
I hope my blog “Basked in Sunshine” can gift a glitter of happiness and thoughtfulness to your day. Millions of wishes and hugs for you. :)