A quick comment on a linked in blog this morning inspired this post. Amy Jo Neal mentioned that she wasn’t just a goal-setter she was a goal-getter and that got me thinking about the art of successful mindfulness. Setting smart achievable goals isn’t easy. There are enough “how to… goal” books and manuals available to make you think people really want to know how to set goals, but the truth is people really just want to know how to achieve them.
What is the secret to achieving goals?
It is true you have to set goals to achieve them. You can’t win the lottery if you don’t have a ticket. Clearly defined goals are tickets to wealth, but unlike the lottery YOU are in control of the outcome. Scary I know!
As Amy Jo Neal said success is in part to being the “goal-getter”. Success is in the fortitude and tenacity to keep going no matter what. To learn how to change course and shore up, but to keep going and when you’ve gone as far as you can go, to go that much further.
We can discuss and discover “the why” and write down our desirable lifestyle, but until we commit to the journey we’re only sharing a preference. Maybe we prefer not to have more month than bills, prefer to provide the best for our family, prefer a home with more space or the freedom to travel, BUT are these preferences enough to carry and motivate us? Is just knowing what we want enough?
Anyone raising a toddler knows we are born with a certain amount of persistence. In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill tells us that “Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivated.” If we are learning how to create smart goals out of our preferences and pairing them with daily activity, than persistence (goal-getting) becomes habit. Essentially the perfect equation for success!
We need to know what we want
We need to set measurable goals based directly on what we want
We need to act daily to create the habit of persistently going after what we want
This works for the big picture and the small picture. Whether we’re using this equation to secure financial freedom or to learn how to achieve financial freedom we need to identify the want, create the goal and the action. Each part is an equally important piece of knowledge on the road to success.