It’s all too easy to have a dream, to envision success. Everyone tells you to work, then work some more. To believe in yourself. But the reality is a little more complex than that… The mindsets, the qualifications, the outlook and emotional maturity that high-achievers have acquired are almost always obtained through a much more extensive process.
- Brainstorm and specify your goals
Research how others have achieved them. Write down practical steps you can take to accomplish them for yourself. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be tangible. Everyday think of way to contribute to accomplishing your goals. Outline in detail, what it is you need to do, what qualification or credential you need to obtain, who you need to network, etc.
- Personal growth
You don’t have to actively be seeking out your goals in a business oriented manner. You need to grow as a person to achieve your goals as well. So make sure to build relationships with people who have positive input and who ignite your passion and drive, as well as distancing yourself from toxic relationships.
- Reward yourself
Celebrate every success, no matter how minor. Encourage yourself with positive reinforcement. Don’t be discouraged by failure, or harbour disappointments as regrets. In the meantime ponder why you want what you want and understand your end goal and the purpose you hope it serves in your life. Doing this simplifies your goals.
- Address procrastination
The reason we procrastinate is because addressing that task we know we should be doing, we anticipate the anxiety, restlessness, confusion or difficulty associated with the completion of a task. Therefore we reward ourselves with avoidance, and take pleasure in endlessly scrolling through our phones or immersing ourselves in a cycle of exhausting every distraction available.
- Get out of your comfort zone
We don’t want to leave our comfort zones. It’s in everyone’s nature to retreat what is safe, comfortable and known to them. Trying to escape that zone, and reaching out goals, no matter how desperately they are desired is still frightening to us. In conquering issues like procrastination, and a lack of motivation to escape one’s comfort zone… start to condition yourself into visualising tasks, obligations and responsibilities as fleeting moments of discomfort. We tend to perceive certain responsibility in a fatalistic and absolute manner. Instead perceive it as a temporary entity that only multiplies the longer you leave it.
German philosopher, Nietzsche, addressed a concept known as ‘eternal recurrence’. He stated “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more” to pose the question of how one might live their life, or approach their wants and fearlessly advance our desired endeavours if we knew we were going to live our life over again. Whilst Nietzsche was committed to the reality and truth in this theory… with the assumption it’s false, and you will not live your life for eternity; consider whether you are using your time wisely and affectively enough o pursue your goals.