When we say that we want to have, be or do something – and it doesn’t happen; what does that mean? You were sure you wanted it. You’ve planned for it. Also, you know how attaining it contributes to the wider goal. And yet you’re left empty-handed.
You wouldn’t want to experience that feeling too many times. In fact, once is probably more than enough. So what can you do to minimise the chances of a repeat performance?
Here are 5 pointers that have served me well. When I apply these consistently I achieve my ambitions (eventually). Some take longer than I expected; no matter. Consistency of application is key:
KNOW YOUR WHY: This is the difference between wishing for something and attaining it. And it fuels you to go the extra mile; when times are tough. With passion, I inspire business leaders to live their best lives. To inspire the few to influence the many; so that together, we can make the world a better place. That’s my ‘why’. What’s yours?
CARVE THE ELEPHANT: The size of the challenge tends to impact how we approach the task ahead. It can even be a barrier to getting started. So, be absolutely clear about what you must do. And then eat the elephant, one bite at a time.
BE HONEST ABOUT ROADBLOCKS: Having ambition is good. In addition, you must be willing to acknowledge the obstacles that will inevitably come your way. Accept that you don’t have all the answers. And be willing to share your challenges with others. It will increase your chances of success.
HAVE HIGH DISCIPLINE: However motivated you are, there comes a time when every project stalls. Don’t be seduced by other distractions. And be wary of thinking they take precedence over stated priorities.
STAY FOCUSED: Remember why you’re investing blood, sweat and tears into this endeavour in the first place. Close the circle and re-visit your ‘why’. This will refuel you to go again.
In summary, you can have it all for sure. Be honest about the time commitment required; and be prepared to put in some hard graft. Also, use these techniques to stay on track and you can achieve pretty much anything that you’re genuinely serious about.