Picture the Future
A good way to start any meaningful project is to visualize the end result. What do you see when you visualize your future?
Goal setting is a pathway that leads to the attainment of the envisioned destination. It’s the building blocks needed to get you to your ultimate dream. Without goals it’s impossible to reach the top, just like rock climbing. The aim is to reach the peak and hoist up your flag, regardless of the challenges it creates. Without clearly set out goals, your life will be governed by a whim or the urgency of the moment. Therefore, it is only by setting goals that a person, group or organization can effectively accomplish its’ visions and be successful.
I love Rock Climbing and I am going to use the lessons learnt from it to tell you 3 Things You Can Do to Achieve Your Goals in a very Dynamic World.
- SET A CLEAR PLAN
When you see people that want to climb a rock or mountain, the first thing they do is to look at it, picture themselves at the top and ask themselves “what is the best path to get to that top” and that’s the same thing you need to do!
“Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” ― Fitzhugh Dodson.
To achieve your overarching desired dream, you must set a clear plan by breaking these down into smaller goals, using the S.M.A.R.T mnemonic to help you plan the best route to get to your desired end.
- PUSH THROUGH YOUR FEARS
“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” ― Babe Ruth.
People that climb mountains, have fears like you and I but guess what? They push through it. So, when you are striving to achieve your goals and plans, you need to push through your fears. Rock climbing though challenging, when accomplished gives a great sense of victory. While planning is great, execution is greater. For quitters don’t win and winners never quit.
So, commit to breaking through your fears.
- BE ADAPTABLE
You’ll find that people that plan to climb rocks at the beginning, plan to go through a path, but more often than not, when they start climbing they realise the course previously charted is a no go area – they quickly adapt and find an alternative route, but in all these they remain focused, not losing sight of their goal.
“Change is the only constant in life. One’s ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life” – Benjamin Franklin.
Goal setting is not a one-time event. You need to make continuous adjustments in order to adapt progressively. Achieving one’s goal is a journey not a quick fix. Life is constantly changing and you must be prepared to meet these changes. Be adaptable and open to all alternatives because sometimes you must take steps backwards in order to move forward. As a result, achieving your goals goes beyond merely setting them, you must be able to put in the work!
So, while setting smart goals is fantastic, paying the price to achieve them makes all the difference.
Remember, You Have Only One Life to Live, MAKE IT COUNT!