Every single one of us have goals we want to achieve but most of us will not do what is necessary to make those become a reality. You see, there are losers, there are winners, and there are people who have not discovered how to win yet. This is for those of you who have not discovered how to win yet. You have the will and the determination, all you need now is the right techniques/strategies to apply to your life.
So here they are…
1) Determine What You Want And Write It Down
You may have a goal in mind but if you’re reading this you may not be very clear on what that is. Get a clear mental image of what it is that you want to achieve. If it’s vague, you won’t ever get to where you want to be. It’s like what Zig Ziglar asked when comparing goal setting to archery, “How can you hit a target you can’t see.”
So once you know exactly what results you want, write it down. God said in Habakkuk 2:2 to “write down the vision and make it plain.” There’s a power in writing down your goals. Writing turns the invisible into the visible. Now don’t just write a sentence or two, take a whole page or more to go into detail.
2) Set Short Term And Long Term Goals
It’s important to set short term goals and long term goals so that you don’t ever feel that you can’t put it off to a later date. That’s a dangerous situation to be in. You want to make sure you’re always working toward something worth while.
Personally, I set a lot of short term goals. Every Sunday evening, I write down my goals for the week and add to it throughout the week as needed. Doing so means I discipline myself to be home early on Sunday nights. When most of my friends are out eating dinner and socializing, I’m at home “doing what others won’t do today, in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.” Along with my weekly goal setting, I set daily goals as well. Every morning when I wake up I set goals along with my other morning rituals. This includes things such as, being productive, being happy, shipping products, smiling more, reading, journaling, etc.
Long term goals are just as important as short term goals. These are the end results you visualize everyday while carrying out the short term goals. It’s crucial that every action you take is in the direction of the long term goal. These goals can be something like writing a book, making a million dollars, staring a business, etc. These are three things I am after on my life journey.
3) Work On It Everyday
Be consistent. I can’t say this enough. There are so many people who set goals and write them down but sabotage themselves by not being consistent. They start the week off strong but slow down on Wednesday and think that Friday means they can call it a week. TGIF should not mean “Thank God It’s Friday”, it should mean “The Grind Includes Friday”. If you want to achieve something great in life, you must be grinding at least 5 or 6 days a week if not 7.
This hard for most people to do. Success doesn’t know what early or tired is, it just knows if you showed up and worked or not. Show up and show out. It’s simple but it’s definitely not easy. So make sure you’re being consistent and persistent.
4) Review It Everyday
Every morning when you wake up, review your weekly goals and your long term goals. Then write down your daily goals if that is what you do. Now don’t become discouraged when looking at your goals and dreams. The average person will look at the list and allow their negative self-talk to persuade them into thinking they can’t do it. Sit/lay there with what Norman Vincent Peale called, “relaxed belief”. This is a powerful exercise to implement into your life. It’s a form of meditation where you have a deep trust that it will come to pass. Even if you don’t consciously think it’s possible, keep visualizing that it is. You don’t see it and then believe it, you believe it and then see it.
5) Be Patient
This is perhaps the most difficult step of all. We live in a world of instant gratification, as I’ve said in the past. Somehow we have this idea that we’re supposed to achieve our goals within a matter of months or just a year or two. That’s not how this works. Simon Sinek talks about how so many millennials feel that they should be making an impact within their workplace but they’ve only been there for a few months!
You must be willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get the results you want. No successful person ever got where they are by accident, so why would you? I suggest that you put your head down and get to work. It’s like the scene in the movie, Facing The Giants, where the coach gets his best lineman, Brock, to death crawl 50 yards with someone on his back. However, he blindfolds Brock and tells him not to stop until he says so. Brock’s slowly making his way across the field, getting more exhausted by the second. Sweat is dripping down his face and he stops for a break but the coach is on the ground beside him telling him to keep going. Brock is yelling in agony as the burning in his muscles increases. As he progresses, the team starts standing up one by one in curiosity and disbelief. As the yelling and burning builds, Brock finally drops to the ground and tells the coach he can’t go anymore. The coach takes off the blind fold and, in a calm voice, says, “Look up, Brock, you’re in the end zone.” The whole team is standing, awestruck because he crawled 100 yards, not just 50 with someone on his back!
Watch the video here: Facing The Giants Death Crawl Scene
This is what you must do in the fight for your dream. Don’t focus on how much further you have to go, just keep going. No matter how much it burns, no matter if you think you don’t have anymore to give, keep going and don’t ever give up. Be patient, work hard and I promise you’ll reach the top.
And once again as Zig Ziglar said, “I’ll see you at the top.”
You are blessed and highly favored!