“When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find
a way to get it.”
– Jim Rohn:
This quote albeit brief says a lot. Fred Shadian a good friend and mentor of mine has told many many times that 90% of achieving a goal is knowing why we’re doing it. Too often I see people half way to their goal and they cool off, coast or just plain quit. Other people with less talent, ability and charisma pass by them and claim the prize.
Knowing why is about creating a burning desire, a passion that cannot be subdued. The flame of desire needs to be stoked with personal dialogue and constant visualization to stay alive.
When I talk about dialogue, what I am referring to are the questions we ask our self. After setting a goal (or dusting off an old one) it’s important to ask ourself the following questions:
- If I follow-through on this goal how will achieving it impact my finances, family life, health, spirituality in the next 3 months? 12 months? 3 years? and 5 years?
- If I don’t follow-through on this commitment to myself how will it impact my finances, family life, health, spirituality in the next 3 months? 12 months? 3 years? and 5 years?
- What is the price I need to pay to achieve this goal?
- What is the price I will pay for not working toward this goal?
Questions like this create leverage, they bring home the reality that our daily activities shape our long-term happiness and well being. The leverage and positive pressure that desire puts on us also helps us tap into resources and capabilities that we rarely use when we are just coasting along. Make a habit everyday of asking yourself these four questions about your major life goals and your daily disciplines. It creates a level of awareness, focus and intensity that few people possess.
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