Sometimes, we just don’t know enough about what we are trying to achieve. Stuart Wilde
If I had a penny for each time clients ask the question….
What do I need to do to guarantee my goal achievement?
If you had to guess, what would you say that the answer is? If you guessed that you have to determine what you want, you are right. The funny thing is most people fail to
to do this step right and so they don’t focus on what they truly desire to achieve.
Yes, but how do you know if you are clear?
Start by asking yourself a few simple questions.
Can you succinctly state what it is that you want? Can you explain why you want this?
How will you feel when you’ve achieved your goal?
Let’s look at an example. Suppose that you want to be rich. Ask yourself what this means. Is it a certain amount of money, or is it specific possessions such as a car or a mansion or maybe a particular life style that you are after? Be clear about what rich means to you.
Once you got clear about what you want and you established exactly what rich means to you, tell yourself why this is a worthy goal to accomplish. Why do you value being rich? What does being rich do for you? What do you want to be able to exchange rich for?
What’s next… now that you know What you want and Why?
Once you determine exactly why you want to achieve your goal, establish how achieving this goal makes you feel. This part is always very enlightening. Ask yourself what your life will be like. Picture it if you are visual, feel it if you are sensory, or think it if you have a more cognitive nature. The point is get to the essence of why you want what you want.
What exactly is essence?
Let me first say that this step is as critical as the ones before, because, you see, the essence is the crucial, and often unchanging, element of what you want to achieve. You must take the time to really feel the essence of what the goal achieved represents for you.
Don’t risk getting more of what you have…
Don’t hesitate. You are almost there. This time pledge to understand
1) What you want, exactly
2) Achieve this goal because…?
3) How you feel now that you’ve got it — the essence please!
Invest the time and get clear about what you want up front. Remember that, sooner or later, you will need to do this anyway.
To Your Continued Success and Passion!