Here we are on Week 2…. Okay. Did you get your wish list written down? Mark Victor Hansen, creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, suggests that “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” It’s important to write down your goals because it allows you to visualize them. Not only that, but as you are writing them down, you tend to rewrite and rewrite until you get it right – at least for that moment. You can always modify your goals.
An ancient Chinese proverb warns us to be careful what we wish for, for we may get it. Choosing goals wisely increases our chances of success. As you continue to write your goals, it helps you to come to a stronger conviction about your goals you will achieve. Jim Rohn was a businessman and motivational speaker who said:“When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.”Rohn described discipline as “… the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
As former United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. put it, “Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” Justice Holmes would also remind us that our Declaration of Independence grants us the fundamental right of the pursuit of happiness. What it does not grant us is happiness itself. That is up to us. Andrew Carnegie was spot-on: “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
We all know people that are dreamers. Some seem to have their heads in the clouds. Others are really forging ahead to make their dreams come to fruition. Other than outcomes, what distinguishes one from the other? Zig Ziglar, another businessman and motivational speaker, said that he didn’t “… care how much power, brilliance, or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target and hold it there, you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” Diana Scharf Hunt, author of the Tao of Time, defines goals as “… dreams with deadlines.”
But Nikola Tesla grants us a reprieve from the necessity of immediate success: “A new idea must not be judged by its immediate results.” Be kind to yourself. Go back and look at your goal-writings, examine them, and see if could use a little tune-up. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it?
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, was also an advisor to Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Remember FDR’s sage wisdom? “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”) Hill prods us along: “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”Again, never hesitate to rewrite your goals. Keep them realistic, but remember that you define reality to a very great extent when it comes to goal-setting. Hard work might not make everything come true, but no work will give you nothing – and that’s guaranteed. Tony Robbins puts it this way: “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
Have your own faith convictions to know that in order to reach for the stars, a three-pronged approach is a must-have: Spiritual/emotional, financial, and physical.
IyanlaVanzant wrote a wonderful book titled Until Today. It is filled with daily devotionals. In it, Vanzant reassures that we all deserve to have our dreams materialize. We need to question ourselves…. Are we willing to do what it takes to achieve what we most desire? We are not referring to physical work. If that’s all it takes, we would be willing to work ourselves to death. It is the mental, spiritual, and emotional work that we overlook. When there is a deep burning desire to succeed embedded within, we need to focus. FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful. Focus your thoughts and focus your energy. Develop and maintain your discipline. Persevere persistently in the direction of your dreams.
So what’s in your future? You can read tea leaves, but you’re probably better off planning and executing your plans without the help of the leaves. A good rule of thumb is to pick something you would choose as a hobby. It’s funny that hobbies come somewhat naturally to us, whereas our vocations take a lot more thought. Many of us are simply not satisfied every day at our workplace. What if you could make money from your hobby? Might sound crazy, but why not? Just a thought to get your thought processes geared up for an adventure.
After all, are we not masters of our fate and captains of our soul?
Until next time, revisit, recreate, revive your dreams by writing goals down… just believe!