But how many of those very same people actually achieve those goals? In reality, a small percentage, but you don’t have to be among them. You can be one of the people who accomplishes their dreams, achieves great success and feels satisfied in life. Goals — even big ones — are not as unattainable as you might imagine. It’s all in how you approach them, and I’ve got some suggestions that will help you get a head start and make progress on your path toward achieving anything in life you desire.
1) First you focus, and then you plan. It’s not enough to simply say, for example, “I want to be rich.” Ask yourself why that’s important to you, and how you are going to achieve it. Will you open your own business? Will you launch a tech start up and someday sell it for millions? One of the biggest hurdles people face is not knowing how they are going to achieve their dreams, and understanding that it takes detailed planning, education (sometimes) and a lot of other elements. So, ask yourself: what are the steps I need to take on my path? And write them down; no one became successful by jotting down ideas on a cocktail napkin! You need to know all the steps in front of you, and then plan how you’ll achieve each one. For example: you may need a college degree, but don’t have the family funding for it. That’s a hurdle you can overcome with a scholarship. But you need good grades, right? The earlier you start thinking about and planning for the things you want to achieve, the earlier you can begin ticking some items off your list.
2) Focus on the rewards your achievement brings, not the money. Many wealthy people say that they were not inspired by money, but rather by what that money allowed them to do. It gives you freedom, perhaps, but not satisfaction in the way that, for example, establishing a charitable foundation does. Look at Bill and Melinda Gates: their foundation gives out millions of dollars every year, most recently to fight COVID-19 in poor areas of America. Gates has often said that this is the true rewards of wealth — helping others. It may sound corny, but helping your community is likely one of the benefits of achieving wealth.
3) Never fear failure, for it will surely come. No matter what you are trying to achieve, chances are you’ll fail somewhere along the line. If, for example, you’ve set a weight loss goal and managed to shed 25 pounds, but then went to a party and snacked all evening. The following day, the scale shows you’re up a pound or two, and you feel terrible about it. Remember, everyone fails at some point, even when they’re in the midst of accomplishing something great. Bill Gates quit Harvard. So did Mark Zuckerberg. They didn’t worry one bit about not accomplishing their goals in a traditional way, because they had bigger plans.
I am advocating you quit college, of course! I am saying that not every achievement is made on a straight line, and you will fail along the way. But if you don’t lose sight of the big picture, of how important the goal is and the rewards it will bring, chances are you’ll do fine.
Remember, everyone imagines a life of big accomplishments and successes, but not everyone has the grit, stamina and determination to achieve them.
You can — just don’t let go of your dreams, be sure what’s required of you to make them come true, and get started as soon as your plans are in place. And doing something you love, something that makes your rise enthusiastically each day, goes a long way, too. Combine these forces and nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.