Goal setting and planning require confidence and control. If you’re not in charge, your plans will fade away in the background of your life. Taking a dream, a fantasy, turning it in to a structured project, and then proceeding to take consistent action on a timely basis until it becomes reality takes power, leadership, and focus.
You must be thinking that this is obvious and old. Motivation is connected to success, no brainer. Except that maybe you didn’t think about what exactly motivation is. Most people know what motivation feels like, but can’t define it in exact words.
The secret of success may not be in setting goals and planning – only… Strategies can make all the difference, giving goals and plans smart focus and leverage.
One of the most striking things about life is that we must make choices. Everything in life is limited. Time, resources, opportunity, and so on. You can’t be everything you have ever desired to be. You can’t do everything you’ve ever wanted to do. You need to pick and choose.
Your habits build your destiny. Whether you are successful or not, you reach your goals or you don’t, results and failure can all be tracked down to your habits. Habits are usually the tip of the iceberg that hides your personality traits, your behavior, and your tendencies below the waterline.
Focus has a lot to do with proper prioritization. To start with, if you’re all over the place, trying to get a million things done, your attempts to focus will naturally fail. You’re doing it wrong!
Not planning leads to inaction, not an adventurous, romantic life where incredible and amazing events happen all around you. Sometimes things just happen in our lives. It’s good when it does, planning in fact would not keep us from bumping into opportunities. But the rest of our lives is filled with pure inertia.
One of the most frequent questions we get about planning and goal setting is: how can I set goals and plan if I can’t predict the future, and life changes so much?
Many people with overachieving potential (a lot of different talents, hobbies and interests) end up underachievers because they can’t remain focused. They chase too many rabbits at the same time. Having too many goals or one big dream that monopolizes our expectations about life can ruin our ability to act towards any goal. The result is slow to no progress.
Creating a personal vision is one of the most important items in order to get the momentum you need to take off in life. If gives you a clear idea of what you should expect at the end of the road and what exactly you’re aiming for.