I have come to realize and have heard from highly successful individuals that in order to succeed in life, we need to have goals, direction, ambition, dedication and many other “wonderful traits”. However, before all of these wonderful traits, we need to have a very special one and that is: to know where we are going. We need to have a view of where it is we want to be in life and want to achieve if we are to be successful.
Now, I know that this sounds easier said than done, because the truth is that probably less than half of the world actually plans ahead, makes goals, plans their life or their future; myself included at times. I do not always plan my days and then as the saying goes:
“Either you run the day or the day runs you” – Jim Rohn
I can say from experience that this is definitely true. I am sure that you can too. Whether it is daily goals, life goals, yearly goals or any type of goal that you have… If you do not have any or do not plan, make a vision for yourself or what you want to achieve, do not expect to achieve anything great – because there is no sense of purpose, no aim, no vision as to where you want to be, where you want to go.
Sometimes, it is difficult really figuring out where it is you want to be in life, especially when you are young or in your 20’s where you are struggling in between growing up, becoming independent, letting go of childish ways, etc. it is difficult in between all these “struggles” to really understand yourself and what it is that you truly want in life. I assume it is also probably equally difficult as you get older to really follow your heart or do what you want to do when you have responsibilities and all other “every day things that keep you busy”. It seems that as we get older, we often start letting go of our dreams to trade them for our reality. But if we close our eyes and we picture our dream life, we all have a picture of the ‘ideal’ or what we would consider ‘our perfect life’, of where we want to be. Some would picture themselves sipping cocktails on a beach, others picture a life in nature, and others picture living the city life, some picture having a family, a few children, some picture retirement with their loved one on an island somewhere, others picture working at a corporate, or owning a business. We all have all these dreams or ‘pictures’ that we “would like” or hope that one day we can achieve and live them. But how are we to achieve these ‘visions’ unless we plan for them? How are we going to achieve these ‘life goals’ that we want? What are we doing to get there? First, we need to have a vision, a purpose, a direction of where we want to be – which most of us already have, because if you closed your eyes, I am sure you pictured your dream life. If you didn’t, take a moment right now and do it; close your eyes, what are you seeing? Did you picture your “dream life”?
These are some very important and essential questions that we need to ask ourselves if we are to attain what we want out of life. If you want to get that promotion, you plan for it and work towards it by working hard, but you already have your vision or direction of where you want to go and be (promotion!). If you want to go on holiday next year, you plan for it… First, you decide the destination. Where do you want to go (vision/direction)? Then, you start planning the details how are you going to get there (action steps)? Airplane, boat, hitchhike? What are you going to do there? How long are you going to stay there? What will you need? Etc. Just like we plan for these things, for holidays, to get our next job promotion, we need to plan our life. Where do we want to be in our future? What kind of persons do we want to be? How can we be these kinds of persons? What will we need to do in order to become that type of person we wish to be? How are we going to get where we want to be? Then we need to write these answers down and follow through on them. Once you have a vision and a plan of where you want to go, executing will be your next step. Of course, I am making it sound way easier than it probably will be in real life, but don’t fret… you can achieve whatever it is you set your mind to!
And if you don’t believe me, ask all the successful people who have achieved their dreams and are living their goals and their dream life. Everything in life will take dedication and hard work, so you might as well work hard for something you love, rather than work hard for something you hate and hate your job, your life, be depressed, lost and aimless because what you are doing doesn’t fulfill you; you have no purpose, direction or vision of where you are and what you are doing which makes you unhappy.
We all have our own way of going about life, doing things and what inspires us.. So for those reading this and who believe in what I am saying or have a similar view, you are conscious that tomorrow is a new day and that we can always do and be better than we did today – financially, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, etc.
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it” – William Arthur Ward
All the greats have been saying this since ancient times, yet only such a few hand of us have actually listened or apply it to our lives or even realize what an impact our mind and way of thinking has on our lives! Maybe I will make a post on this topic next time. So follow me and stay tuned! 😉
As for you, what is your life dream? Have you written it down? What steps are you going to take to get there? Write 10 steps down and make a deadline for each of those. To get you more accustomed, if you don’t already write goals, start simple with “daily goals” and what you want to achieve every day. You will be surprised how much you can get done when you know what you want to achieve, where you want to go and know your direction (vision). What I am saying is not rocket science, everyone knows this; it is so basic and simple – yet ironically, basic and simple are the things we humans tend to forget and ignore the most but are the essentials of life.
Therefore, direction in life is one of the key ingredients that we ALL need if we don’t want to get lost or lose our sense of aim and purpose in life. Always have a vision, a direction of where you want to be, or what you want to do and NEVER forget WHY you are doing something, it does not matter what it is. Your why will always keep you grounded and focused when times get tough. This goes with Passion, which I will also be writing about soon enough! Hehe 😉
So… what are your dreams? What will you be working on? How are you going to achieve them? Are you ready to succumb to your heart’s desire and achieve your goals? Leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below! I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming and aiming for. All engagement is welcome! Of course, as always please keep it respectful.