For as long as I can remember my biggest dream has been to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. I have imagined every detail of this adventure since I was in primary school. I have even planned and trained for it on a few occasions but I have never made it happen.
Why not? I ask myself … why has my dream not come true after all this time?
The answer is quite simple … dreams don’t come true by themselves. You need to set goals in order to turn your dreams into reality. I have always had the dream but I have never set a real goal to make my dream come true. Dreams are imaginary and can go on forever … and that’s ok if dreaming is all you want to do.
What will it take to turn your dreams into goals?
I have always made excuses for why I haven’t climb Kilimanjaro yet. I don’t have the money yet. I haven’t found someone who will do it with me. I want to do it with my kids but we need to find the time. I will do it when I turn 40. I want to do it for charity but I need to find the right cause. I will do it for my 45th birthday. When I turn 50, that is when I will do it … and so the years went by …
The truth is that I have just never made it a priority.
Two weeks ago when I held Kairo, my granddaughter, for the first time, I looked at her and the first thought that came into my head was this: “I will climb Kilimanjaro before I turn 50, not for anyone but myself, because I want to teach you to have big dreams, set goals and see them through”.
Since then not a day has passed without me doing something about my dream … I have set the goal to make the visions of my dream a reality. When you have a clear goal, everything else seem to fall in place. In less than two weeks I have decided that I don’t need anyone to do this with me. I am doing it for me and if anyone joins me it will be a bonus.
Dreams are free and they are easy. I needed a trigger to turn my dream into a goal. The birth of my granddaughter provided that trigger. Kairo has become my inspiration for achieving my goal … Kairo and Madiba …
I have also found a cause. I always knew what it was but because I was suffering from “excusitis” I found a way to avoid it .
I have a passion for Early Childhood Education and I want to make an impact in the education of children from 0-6 years in South Africa. I will climb Kilimanjaro to fulfill my dream and to benefit this group of South African children who, to me, is represented by my beautiful granddaughter, Kairo. #ClimbingKiliForKairo and #MakeTheLittleThingsCount
What are the things that I am considering during this planning phase, to ensure that I will achieve my goal? How will I ensure that I actually get it done this time around ?
I believe that the most important thing is that I moved from having a dream to setting a goal.
1. Goals are about what you can actually accomplish. A goal is realistic if you truly believe that you can achieve it. Is this a realistic goal for me and do I believe that I am capable of climbing Kilimanjaro ? I have absolutely no doubt about this.
2. Goals require action … deliberate action and they need to be specific. I need to plan everything in detail and know exactly what it is that I want to achieve, how, when and with who. I need to focus and be consistent.
3. I need to set deadlines for achieving my goal, there must be a time limit in order to create a sense of urgency.
4. I will have to invest the time, money, effort and sweat. Goals are not free.
5. Awareness of the progress I am making towards the attainment of my goal, is vital. I have to measure my progress at regular intervals.
6. Goals must have a specific outcome. What do I want to achieve? How much money do I want to raise for Early Childhood Development in South Africa. How do I want that money to be used? How will the attainment of my goal impact the lives of South African children under the age of 6 years.
7. How will the achievement of my goal change my life? How will my goal stretch me, increase my skills, my abilities … will it change me forever.
Do you have a dream that you need to change into a goal? What will it take to make it happen? What is your mountain ?
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