Just this past Friday, I sent a kind of personal email out to the Tribe (my super-awesome email list). In said email, I spilled my guts a bit and talked about the struggles of getting started and turning dreams into action. Now, I don’t normally post my Tribe emails here on the blog, but today is an exception.
This email was SO powerful to so many, that I couldn’t NOT share it with the rest of you.
Chances are you’re a dreamer like me… You love to think up big plans, write out lofty goals and make lists of projects you’d like to tackle… someday… maybe. Sound familiar?
I basically just described myself one short year ago.
For years I dreamed and dreamed. I made lists of trips I’d like to take, professions I’d like to pursue, new and exciting business ideas, and more. I created board after board on Pinterest filled with craft projects, home decor ideas, organization hacks, ambitious recipes, and nail art tutorials I’d probably never attempt in real life.
Then one day something changed.
I was browsing through Pinterest that evening searching for more ideas to wrangle when it hit me: I wasn’t actually doing anything.
I was still waiting tables and bartending like I had for the past 15 years. My home was still unorganized. I didn’t have a penny saved for travel, much less anything else. I was out of shape, still smoking 2 packs a day, and walking through life in a lackluster way that made me sick to my stomach every time I actually sat down and thought about it.
It was like a switch flipped somewhere inside of my brain. Enough was enough. I decided right then and there that it was time for a change.
It was time to stop dreaming and start doing.
I made a short list of 3 things I wanted to accomplish in 2015, and broke each one of those down into a very next step. It looked something like this:
- Quit smoking – Research vaporizers
- Open an Etsy shop – Buy beads and supplies
- Get finances under control – Invest in budgeting software
Those big goals seemed scary and daunting. So scary, in fact, that I had been petrified into stillness and inaction. Not knowing where to start had kept me frozen in place, never making progress toward the life that I wanted.
Breaking those big goals into a simple, straight-forward next step was the key. The key to unlocking action. The key to getting started. The key to gaining the momentum in life that I so desperately craved.
Once I tackled those first steps, I was able to continue taking tiny steps towards my big goals. Little by little, I stacked one tiny step on top of another until I had reached the summit for all three.
Within one year, I accomplished all 3 goals and more. All by taking the next tiny baby step along the way.
HERE’S MY CHALLENGE TO YOU:
- When you have time, hit reply and tell me: What 3 big dreams/goals have you been procrastinating on? (Try for 3, but if only 1 or 2 come to mind that is fine too.)
- Along with each goal, write down a super-simple next action step. The simpler the better.
- Make a commitment to yourself to tackle those first steps this month.
Let’s make 2016 a year of ACTION!
When I hit that send button, I was kind of terrified. I had just poured my heart and soul out to 11,000+ people. I knew that the message would resonate with at least a few, but I was not prepared for the outpouring of responses I would receive over the next few days.
Emails started pouring into my inbox. So much so that I had to create a whole new folder to store all of the replies in so that I could keep track of them all. Here’s a small sample:
“I struggle constantly with getting myself going on my goals. So I love that you sent this.”
“You truly are inspirational. I love your story and how you faced your fears and picked yourself up.”
“Oh Kara, you said exactly what I needed to hear!!”
“This sounds exactly like me!”
“I could have written the first few paragraphs of your email!”
“All I can say is Wow, if you didn’t just hit my life nail on the head.”
“Thank you so much for this email! I needed it to really open my eyes on some things!”
“Wow! Hi Kara! Your e-mail this morning was a definite eye opener.”
“Boy did I need this. It’s funny but I’m shaking just writing these down.”
And one of my favorites:
“I know your mailbox will explode today, but, I need to say some words about this email.
You’re such a light! I’m happy to be a Boho Berry Tribe Member. And I almost cried when I read this, ’cause I’m right in the point of leavin’ fears behind, tryin’ to listen more to my inner me and starting to chase some dreams and desires. I feel that I’m not totally aware that what I’m doing will get me to the big picture, but I’m still doing it anyway, like you said , ’cause I feel I’m doing right.
It’s good to know that someone, somewhere, is giving me strength, in someway. Thank you for sharing this.”
I even had one Tribe member send me a picture of her goals in her Bullet Journal!
I can’t even begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to read through hundreds of goals over the weekend. I feel so honored that so many of the Boho Berry Tribe felt compelled to not only respond, but to accept the challenge head on with action steps and all!
So now I want to issue the same challenge to all of you!
THE BOHO BERRY ACTION CHALLENGE
Let me know in the comments below what 3 goals you’ve been procrastinating on. Write down 3 immediate (super-simple) action steps for each one, and make a commitment to yourself to get them done THIS MONTH.
>> Psst! If you’re a bullet journalist, tag me on Instagram in your photos and use the hashtag #bbActionChallenge. I’d love to see your lists and plans!
I’m joining in on the fun too, of course! Here are my goals & action steps:
- Goal: Hop on Periscope (@bohoberry) more often
Action Step: Put some makeup on and hit that “broadcast” button TODAY
- Goal: Complete another Whole30
Action Step: Clear the fridge/pantry of non-compliant foods
- Goal: Be more active
Action Step: Take the dog for a long walk daily
Are you ready to take some baby steps and get the ball rolling on your big goals and dreams this month? Let’s do this!