This article is a follow up to an earlier one titled ‘WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?’ I recommend that you read it before reading the current article.
When you know what you want, you have resolved the biggest challenge to getting what you want. The important next step is to know why you want what you want. This is imperative because purpose is more important than objects. There’s a difference between “I need a car” and “I need a car so that I can serve my customers better.” The difference is that one is a statement of need while the other is a statement of need with purpose attached to it. When the purpose for what you want is clear to you, its achievement is a lot easier. Someone said, “The key to know-how is know-why”. Purpose is important because it fuels the passion that sustains the pursuit of desire. People who have strong reasons for what they want don’t give up when they encounter opposition. Purpose gives the needed impetus to keep us going in the face of formidable obstacles.
Write down your goals
Your purpose-backed desires are your goals. One thing you must do with your goals is to write them down. The act of writing down your goals initiates the process for their accomplishment. That’s why the Scripture admonishes believers to write down their vision (goal)… (Habakkuk 2:2). Until goals are written down, they are airy and have little or no weight. When your goals are clearly written, you separate yourself from 95% of the population that have no written goals. The main distinguishing factor between successful people and those that struggle is that successful people consciously set written goals while strugglers don’t.
Goal setting is critical for success because you have just enough time to do the important things. Put differently, you don’t have all the time to do all you may want to do. It is therefore imperative that you prioritize what you want to accomplish and write them down. Once you have your goals written down, you transfer them from the abstract world into a realm of possibility. You basically enlist all the forces – physical and spiritual – to work in your favour for the achievement of your set goals.
Take actionable steps
When you have your written goals, the next thing is to take steps toward the realization of your set goals. Read books that are related to your goal(s). It would amaze you that there are books on virtually any aspect of human endeavour. When I was planning to quit my job, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s ‘Before You Quit Your Job’. I found the book highly invaluable. Having read several books in the last one decade and a half, I’ve come to the conclusion that help is indeed available for readers. Jim Rohn said: “The books you don’t read won’t help.” That’s a statement of fact.
Find out people who have achieved what you want to achieve. Talk to trustworthy people about your goals. They are likely to give you advice on ways of achieving them. Some may even refer you to people that have done what you want to do. The verse of Scripture that says: “If you seek you will find; when you ask, you shall receive…” is very true. Note that it’s your responsibility to evaluate the information you get from people so as to separate what’s useful from what’s not. Don’t make the mistake of taking everything you’re told as the gospel truth.
The last but not the least is that you must execute the decisions you come up with. There’s no substitute for execution. Nothing works in life until you work them. Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion says: “Every object continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force”. That law applies to your decision too; you may as well substitute the word ‘object’ with ‘decision’. It’s imperative you take action, no matter how small it may be. When you take action, you build momentum for more actions. Your sustained action brings about the achievement of results. Results in turn have the attribute of locking you in the action mode and this makes your success inevitable.
Celebrate your goal achievement
When you achieve your set goal, celebrate it. Celebrating your achievement of a goal encourages you to set more goals. When you don’t celebrate, the excitement to set more goals is deficient, which, over time, may undermine your success. It’s even advisable that you integrate celebration into the goal process from the outset so that you have something to look forward to. I used this principle to motivate my son to achieve a particular grade in school. When we agreed on the prize, he made the grade, he had previously told me was impossible, at the end of that term! Please don’t use this strategy if you wouldn’t pay the wager.
If you find the principles discussed above useful, it’s important you put them to use immediately. The likelihood of using them diminishes everyday you delay in implementing.
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