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Julie Zantopoulos

When not acting as Vice President and Senior Editor at The Indie Chicks, Jewels is a writer at heart and most likely writing for her own website According to Jewels or working on her first novel.In her free time she's loves heading to concerts, taking road trips, reading, and doing anything crafty. Don't hesitate to reach out...she loves chatting with our readers.

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I’m a straight arrow…not too straight, but I’ve led a drug free life all the same. I know…such a square. Anyway, the point is that even leading a drug free life I’ve known highs so addicting I knew I’d never give them up. I’m addicted to success. I feed off it, off the high of accomplishment…of doing something only I could. I’m convinced it’s the greatest high there is.

Once you’ve had a taste of success you want more and more. I can’t imagine that it’s different from any other addiction. I have felt the euphoria of working through writer’s block, of a recipe working out the way it was supposed to, or even hosting a party that was successful. It is the little things, the daily accomplishments like having a completely crossed off to do list, that can cause the greatest high.

Feeling this way now and again isn’t enough for me though and I don’t think it’s enough for you either. Here are some tips for making sure you feel the high of accomplishment as much as humanly possible.

Make a List:

Honestly, we don’t know how many times we can tell you how important list making is to success. Just trust us and do it…none of that “I’m not a list maker” stuff…just do it. We suggest you make two lists. Short term and long term goals. It can be anything from “grocery shop, laundry, organize closet, write a new post” to long term goals like “finish novel, save for trip to Italy, learn Greek”.

No matter what is on your short and long term lists, make them, have them accessible and visible, and check off items as you go. The power of having items checked off is immeasurable. It allows you to see the progress you have made and it fuels further progress.

Aim High:

These lists and these dreams are for you! Not ready to share them with the world? That’s okay. Keep a secret list just for your eyes. No matter who sees your goals though…make them real. Don’t be afraid to admit your truest and most passionate dreams. I’ve been there…afraid to admit what I really wanted in case it never came true. Doing that gets you no closer to accomplishing your goals then you were yesterday.

So you want to be a professional female MMA fighter but are scared that won’t happen…put it on the list anyway. Make it real, make it permanent, and make it tangible.

Plan of Attach:

I recommend that you take advantage of the resources you have available to you and start making a plan of attack for that goal.  There is no time like the present. Set your mind to taking steps to get each item on your list done (whether short or long term). Even if it’s mapping out your day so you can get your chores done, having a plan alleviates stress and anxiety.

Whether you need to break down your long-term goals into smaller steps/goals or you are running head long, make a plan and stick to it. Outline it, post it on your mirror, and look at it daily. Know where you are going and know in your mind that you will get there.

Accountability and Support:

I know I said earlier that you didn’t have to tell anyone about your goals if you weren’t ready but one of the greatest motivators is the knowledge that others are looking to you to accomplish something. We didn’t institute a goal-setting feature at our new community for nothing. Not only does sharing your goals create accountability, it creates opportunities for others to support and encourage you.

If there is one thing I’ve learned from being a part of The Indie Chicks is that there are a group of women who WANT to be there to support each other, who defy the norm of bitchy and competitive women, and who want the very best for you. So, why not harness that support and use it to propel you forward.

Be Tenacious:

Don’t stop until you’ve crossed every item off that list! It’s okay to re-assess and re-strategize your plan of attack but don’t stop until you’ve hit your mark. There’s no reason you can’t accomplish all that you’ve set out to, not with the resources available today and the drive inside your soul. You got this!

What got you high recently? What accomplishment left you feeling like you were walking on sunshine?

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  • http://artbygrafitticouture.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    I am so with you there Jewels , I admit it I am addicted to seeing my dreams come true ! There is no high like that , I too am a almost straight arrow , drugs were never appealing to me , Art is my Drug . I love this pst , it rocked on so many levels , thank you for sharing !

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      I knew our IC readers would understand the high of achievement. It’s oh so addictive in the best possible way. Keep harnessing it, E!

  • Ashley

    Thanks for sharing this, Jewels! I’m a hardcore list-maker, and I can appreciate the value of making two lists for your goals. I’m all about alleviating anxiety, haha, so making a plan of attack is definitely ideal. I love that the IC community has developed goal-sharing and support as part of their mantra! These are great steps to follow for everyone addicted to success. :]

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      It’s one of my favorite aspects of the site as well. I LOVE giving people the tools to follow their dreams and our community provides the support they need when they are unsure. It’s a great thing…and a list here or there doesn’t hurt either! In fact, I just crossed “load Ashley’s article” off my list for tonight! :D

      • http://chaosandwords.wordpress.com/ Ashley

        I agree with you completely! It’s nice to see a group of women getting along, as you said. By the way, I saw the video you posted on your site about Crazy Bitches via Text Messaging (something like that). Both horrifying and hilarious at the same time, haha.
        And ahh! That’s a wonderful thing to cross off your list – can’t wait! :D

        • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

          Isn’t that insane!? I watched it over and over laughing at first….cause that women is INSANE but the radio guys made it so amusing. Then I realized wow…she’s REALLY insane, like not funny but boil your rabbit, insane. Glad you got to watch it though…that woman’s behavior has prompted many an article for me.

  • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

    I am addicted to list making. I literally feel like I orgasm the neater and more organized my list is.