Setting goals is the easy part; taking action toward them requires daily discipline so that we may actually achieve them. Once you have defined your goals, you will want to anchor your why to them. Saying you want to lose weight to fit into your cloths better isn’t a strong enough why. If it were, everyone’s weight would just melt off. You must figure out what is truly motivating you. This can take some time because we need to look into our hearts and sort through all the voices in our heads (the media, family, friends, spouses, co-workers…all who have an opinion!) to decide what OUR desire is and what OUR voice is telling us. Set aside some quiet, reflective time to contemplate your why. Seek God as to what He may have in mind for you.
Our desire to avoid pain and gain pleasure is one of the most powerful driving forces in our lives. We can create incredible leverage that will propel us into action if we simply link enough pain to inaction and enough pleasure to action and achievement. Create a list of compelling reasons why you must achieve your goals. You then can access that leverage in a way that will literally drive you into action. To do this, your goals must be personally rewarding.
Write a paragraph listing as many benefits you will receive by achieving your goal. How will you feel? Who will you become? What will you be able to do? Will you be able to have? What will you be able to contribute? What are the long-term benefits of reaching your goal? Be sure to go back and review this list over and over again, adding to it any additional benefits you can think of. Consider these as you create your goal list:
- Start out with what matters to you.
- Create correlating categories (health, relationships, career, hobby, etc.)
- Place goals in appropriate category.
- Prioritize goals.
- Chunk down goals to smaller, short-term goals.
- Review goals weekly.
- Adjust and adapt accordingly.
The stronger and more powerful your why, the greater the chances of success!
Keep in mind as you walk your path in life that success is not measured by whom we are or what we accomplish compared to other people. True success is measured by who we become or what we accomplish compared to who we might have become or what we might have accomplished given our resources and abilities at the time.
Most importantly, remember you are a special person with your own unique talents and abilities. There is no other person on this earth just like you, and you are deserving of all of the wonderful things that this world has to offer. Make the commitment to yourself that you will never, ever, ever give up in your quest for excellence. Here’s to reaching your goals in record time!