Updated: Jan 29, 2020
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” I love this! “Dreams grow if you grow.” Both quotes are by the late Motivational Speaker, Zig Ziglar. For the past two years, I’ve written down 5 goals that I want to accomplish by the end of the year. This year I’m doing 5 business-related goals and 5 personal goals.
I have two sons (8-years old and 2-years-old). I asked my oldest son what his goals were for 2019, and he had no idea. One of my goals this year is to help him dig deep enough to develop 5 goals to work on this year. If you want to thrive or win, you’ve got to start somewhere. Don’t have any goals or know where to start? Here’s where you begin…
What’s the point of having goals anyway? Goals will help you believe in and push yourself to become greater in the future than you are currently.
Write It Down
Find yourself some lined paper and a pen (I use index cards) and think for a minute. What do you want to accomplish this year? It could be anything. You can pay off your car, start exercising, travel more, take your spouse on a date once per month or even take your favorite gun to the range and shoot every 2 weeks. Write down your goals along with a time frame that you’d like to accomplish them by. It's easier to get off track by not writing anything down. You'll have a much higher success rate by taking the time to get your goal(s) down on paper.
Visualize & Do It!
I went skydiving again 2 years ago. Everything is fine until you get to the edge and look down and just see clouds. There’s a ton of adrenaline rushing through your body from the anxiety and nervousness that sets in while you're 13,000 feet from the ground. When your adrenal glands begin to work, time will almost stop or slow down and you will look at life much differently at that moment. You may be afraid to jump out of the plane, but once you do jump or someone "helps" you out… it is awesome! You’re living 100% in that moment. Setting just one goal will unlock the ambition that we all have in us somewhere. Accomplishing them will give you the feeling a little less identical to the free-fall feeling when skydiving too! You just need to choose whether you want to unlock the ambition or not. If you don’t jump, you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering what could’ve been.
Everyday, get your goals out, look at and read them to yourself. Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to dream and work towards something. As you work toward your goals, keep them alive by believing in yourself. Don’t be afraid to fail or get slowed down by a detour either. Failure is an outcome and not a person so don’t be discouraged if things don’t go as smooth as you’d like them to. Just because it’s no longer a fast ball doesn’t mean you can’t hit it! Find someone you trust to share your goals with. That’s the best way to hold yourself accountable. My wife knows that I want to own a large fitness training facility one day. She reminds me often that I’ll get there even when life is laughing. When life mocks you, smile back and keep moving forward!
“The problem is not getting rid of fear but using it properly.” – Zig Ziglar