The List: Shout Out Your Dreams by Yuval Abtamovitz
It is the beginning of a new year, and many of us have made resolutions and goals for 2015. Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, while only eight percent successfully achieve them. If you’re like me, you have a list of goals that sit there, often with many items not being accomplished or maybe even pushed out of mind. “The List: Shout Out Your Dreams (Motivation & Inspiration for Success and Happy Life” by Yuval Abramovitz helps to teach and motivate you to get your goals accomplished.

Yuval Abramovitz is an actor, writer and entrepreneur.  He is also a college lecturer and owns a writing school. Among his many business ventures, he owns the “Made in TLV” chain of memorabilia stores. On top of all that, Abramovitz is also a father.
Through a tragic accident that paralyzed him, the author wound up bed bound at the age of 16. He was confined to a wheelchair, and everyone believed he would be like that forever. His life’s dreams could have disappeared down the drain, while he relegated himself to a life of being crippled. Instead, he used this experience to fuel his fire to achieve his goals. He wrote his life’s dreams in a list. Rather than pity himself, fearing that he would never reach those goals due to his legs being paralyzed, he transferred the yearning to achieve his goals into positive energy. Through writing “The List,” he hopes to help the reader to experience the same phenomena, without the reader having to go through a personal tragedy, as he had.

Many of us make lists, but then something happens. The goals sit there and wilt away, never getting accomplished. Fear, laziness and procrastination stand in the way. These are addressed in the book to help readers figure out what could be holding them back.

In “The List,” Abramovitz shows you the right language to use to break your goals into actionable parts.  Among of the most helpful tools are the included exercises to help get you going. The book is easy to read and enjoyable to due to authors use of humor and stories to illustrate his points. The making of a list is merely the beginning: follow-through and action is essential.

I read the book at just the right time. The end of 2014 left me facing a personal health obstruction over my life. 2015 did not start in a way that I would have liked, and I am putting the pieces of my life back together by applying these practical principles and using Abramovitz’s inspiration.

disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
Mister Rogers

When I was a child, my favorite television program was “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” We can learn something about motivation from Fred Rogers. He had a song that he would sing: “You’ve Got to Do It.” The message of this song is simple, and it has stuck with me all these years.

    You can make believe it happens.
    Or pretend that something’s true.
    You can wish or hope or contemplate
    A thing you’d like to do.
    But until you start to do it.
    You will never see it through.
    ‘ Cause the make-believe pretending
    Just won’t do it for you
    You’ve got to do it.
    Every little bit

Nike followed suit with a similar slogan for their ad campaign: “Just Do It.” This successful ad campaign, that was originally launched in 1988, inspired athletes and fitness buffs. It can also be taken to a greater level to inspire and propel different genres. Jumping out and starting an action is the main hurdle.

We all have procrastination demons that we must slay. I have ideas, plans and goals, and you probably do too. But, life happens, problems arise and all of life’s dramas play out. We then get side tracked, losing sight of the plans that we had and the path to get them accomplished. I’ve often said, “Someday I’ll…” and “After this is caught up, I’m going to…” Many times the action is lacking. Keeping self-motivated is essential to bringing anything into fruition.

Here are a few tips for attaining goals:

Specify Your Target
Set realistic goals for yourself. Aim for something that is attainable, rather than such a far stretch that you could end up letting go part way though because you get discouraged.  However take caution of setting the bar too low. Seth Godin offers some great advice in “The Icarus Deception”.  Godin says, “But it’s far more dangerous to fly too low than too high, because it feels safe to fly low. We settle for low expectations and small dreams and guarantee ourselves less than we are capable of.”

Keep your goal visible.
 One idea is to make a poster or collage to keep your goal visible so you can see it as a reminder. Think about breaking your goal up into 30-day, 90-day and one-year steps. Also keep the steps you’ve taken visible, so you’ll be able to see what you’ve done to inspire you to keep moving.  Keeping it visual, in a way, keeps it real.

Mix it up
It’s good to have a schedule or routine, but that can make it easier for boredom to seep into your life. If you mix things up once in a while, it helps to add variety to ward off boredom.

The most important part of any goal is doing something about it. So remember, you’ve got to do it!



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