You should be feeling very confident that your goals are easily achievable. Throughout this course you’ve learned how to get clear about what you want, how to break down a bigger goal into smaller ones, and how to set clear, attainable action steps that move you steadily forward. You also know how to handle obstacles when they come up, how to recognize and overcome self-sabotage, and you know some simple strategies for keeping yourself motivated. That is a recipe for success if I ever saw one!
Today I’d like to cover something that can help you stay on track long after you would have given up in the past. You could call it a mind-set or attitude, but it’s really just a way of seeing your goal that reduces pressure and increases your sense of satisfaction as you go along. Let’s call it a FOCUS. What is this focus?
Seeing the path to your goal as the goal itself.
Let me explain. When most people set a goal, they are interested in only the end result. Nothing else along the way will satisfy them, so it seems to take forever to reach their goal because they are focused on the lack of having what they want. Even worse, if they fail to achieve the goal for any reason, their sense of disappointment is much sharper than it would be for someone with the right focus.
When you adopt the kind of focus we’re referring to here, you understand that the journey itself is the most important part of any goal-setting process. You understand that who you become through the achievement of your goals is much more important than the goals themselves. You learn to take pride and pleasure in each step of the journey, rather than pinning all of your expectations on some far-off result.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Progress, not perfection” before, right? If you can adopt that type of focus throughout the entire journey to your goals, you’ll become flexible and adaptable – and nothing will be able to break your spirit!
You’ll face challenges with ease, overcome obstacles in record time, and generally have a much easier journey than someone who sees only the finish line.
As you move steadily toward your goals, remember that progress is the real goal. If you are always striving to improve yourself and your life, there will be no such thing as failure; ever!
You’ll always be a success no matter which stage of the journey you’re in – and the end result will simply serve as a great bonus. The real prize will be the confidence and self-mastery you gain along the way.
Keep that in mind as you go along, and your journey will be much smoother!
I trust that you’re ready to get out there and achieve more than you ever dreamed possible before, so go to it!