Getting Started Again

What do you do when you have a dream? You turn it into a goal and start working to make it a reality. For the past two months, that has been a primary focus for me. Today I am one step closer to making that dream a reality.

Let me take a step back, though, and start at the beginning…

There are two main reasons people set goals. The first is to improve their current circumstances. The second is to escape from difficult or unpleasant circumstances. My reasons are a combination of both.

Let me explain. Currently I earn a decent salary working as a production supervisor for a manufacturing company here in Maine. Supervising people is a difficult job. Managing the workflow of a production line is stressful. For three years I found both tasks challenging, yet fulfilling.

I found great success in changing work processes to make tasks easier on the employees I managed. I loved the challenge of better organizing work areas. I excelled in the challenge of introducing meaningful changes to a work crew that tended to resist change of any kind.

In recent months, the changes that used to be an exciting challenge to implement, became more stressful because of the sheer number of changes needed in short periods of time. Physical space to store and separate materials used in our manufacturing process became more and more cramped. Many a night’s sleep have been interrupted by worries of our customers’ safety.

When I started this job almost 5 years ago, I thought I had found my calling. I even started calling my job a “career.” That honeymoon period with this new employer probably lasted longer than it does for most.

About two years ago my opinions about the leadership team started to change. I watched as promises to employees were broken. I watched as low performing personnel were rewarded, while high performing workers were treated as equals to those poor performers. I watched as this company that claims they “promote from within” created new positions but never posted job listing for all employees to apply for them.

My dilemma for the past couple of years has been, do I stay or do I go?

Thus far, I have decided to stay. My primary reason is because I have a financial goal that my current position will allow me to reach. As I have searched for and interviewed for other jobs, one thing I have found is that there is hesitation on the interviewer’s part when we start talking about salaries. That suggests to me that my current salary is on the high end of what my local area is paying.

Financially I could afford to take a pay cut to remove myself from a toxic workplace, however, it isn’t quite that bad yet. I believe I can hang on for the next 23 months to reach my financial goal of paying off my mortgage.

That is my back story. That is the reason I am writing this first blog entry. Everyone has to start somewhere. Everyone with a dream, with a goal, needs to take the first steps to make that goal a reality.

What is my dream? My dream is to become financially independent. I know, most people have that same dream! That’s why I needed to turn it into a goal or series of goals!

My goal is to become a full-time writer and podcaster. My goal is to support other people who have dreams and goals but keep getting distracted from achieving them.

To achieve my goals, I need to break them down further:

For the month of November 2016, my goals are the following:

  • To write 1000 words each day–these will be blog entries
  • To record two short (3-5 minutes) podcasts each week
  • To complete post-production work on the two podcasts

Accountability plays a huge part in attaining your goals. Life does get in the way at times. But when you have an accountability partner who is not afraid to say “Bullsh*t” at your flimsiest excuses, you start to get things done.

What dream are you ready to transform into doable goals? Tell me about it in the comments section!

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