Successful people have always had clear, goal-oriented goals that lead them to a great deal.
Thomas Edison took thousands of experiments and thousands of mistakes for many years to find an electric light bulb, but he was new exactly what he wanted and his goal kept him going until he realized. The rest, as they say, is a story.
Michelle Kwan had the goal of being the best skater in the world. Oprah Winfrey was abused child who decided to make a better life for himself.
Successful people always have clear goals. Great musicians, great athletes, well-known salesmen and inspiring leaders know what they want in life, and they'll follow it. Big parents work with it. Nobody will be an astronaut of an accident!
However, many people continue through life without goals, or with only vague dreams, hopes and wishes. No wonder we can see so much less than we could!
For those who have not yet experienced the joy of setting and achieving marvelous goals, here is a powerful set of principles that have worked for thousands of my clients. They will work for you too. I call the 4 steps to succeed in the goal:
1. Decide what you want. Decide whether you'd rather have money in the bank or the new car. Choose the life you prefer! You can not have everything in life; but you can have everything you choose, if you want to focus, pay the price and pursue it with all your heart.
2. Explain your value. Too often people choose goals that violate priorities and daily behaviors. Do you have health or comfort? Is financial independence a priority or solely desired? In the context of the values and your wishes, your values will work each time. Make sure your goals are consistent with your most important values.
3. Write them down! Have the courage to put your intentions on paper, in your own words. Be accurate and describe your goals in detail. When will you get them? What will success look like? Write down detail and read your goals every day, even take a moment to summarize each morning. Stay focused.
4. Take action! To run a marathon, you have to jog every day. Building a business requires that you make sales every day. Loving marriage or happy children need time, attention and love every day. Your daily actions do not have to be profound or heroic, but they must be consistent and persistent. Daily!
Success is not "just happening". It is built like a work of art. First, it's imagined, you get skills, tools and content, and the artist sets about creating beauty. It takes time. It requires skill, determination, perseverance and faith.
Just as an artist will make preliminary explanations and work out the details of her mind, your success must be written goals, careful choices, clear commitments and daily perseverance. You can do this. Make something magnificent in your life!