We have all had bright ideas that could potentially have made us millionaires. Every item around you was invented by someone with one such bright idea. From toasters to televisions, the one thing all of these inventors had in common was there willingness to step into the unknown, despite the risks and challenges that lay ahead.
There’s no telling what single inspiration will change your life forever. You may not be dreaming of a new invention; perhaps your goal is a career change, achieving financial freedom or overcoming a personal struggle. Whatever it may be, three things remain true for every attainable goal:
1. It has to be Personal and Inspiring
There really is no point setting your goal post to achieve someone else’s definition of success. Often what holds us back from attaining our goals is that they’re not really ours!
We need to ask ourselves: What inspires me? What am I passionate about? What is important and meaningful to me?
Pursuing a goal that ticks all of these boxes will energize and empower you to rise above every challenge with creativity and perseverance.
2. An Attainable Goal must Actually be Attainable
It may be fun to dream big, but big dreams can also prevent us from setting specific and measurable goals. Are you fixating on the unattainable, but avoiding the practical steps you can take right now to change your life?
It’s easier to focus on a desirable outcome than to start at the bottom, with what you have, and gradually work your way to the top. Living in this world of what could be holds many people back. But working with what is to create the life you want will move your dreams from the realm of possibility into the realm of probability – this is where the action’s at!
All big dreams are made up of smaller ones. If you’re asking: Where do I start?You are already there.
Ø Set a specific goal
Ø Create a timeline with action steps
Ø Continually measure your success against your timeline and action steps
3. Your Underlying Beliefs will Determine Your Success or Failure
You may have a goal that’s inspiring, specific and action-orientated, but still feel that something is holding you back. Perhaps it’s time to take a personal inventory of your beliefs and the experiences that affirm them.
All of us have positive and negative beliefs that stem from our life experiences. These beliefs are powerful and can thwart the best of plans. That said, they can be changed.
Resisting a negative experience and the belief that it created will eventually produce increasing resistance in different areas of your life, including your career and relationships. Becoming aware of a negative belief allows you to challenge it with evidence from the experiences you are currently creating.
For example, you may feel powerless to change things, believing that life has always been out to get you. Then you find a life coach who challenges you to create one positive change, so you join the gym. You work out three times a week and begin to feel better about yourself. Your confidence improves and you’re able to make new friends. You’re even smiling more often than you did before.
Now you have evidence that challenges your feelings of powerlessness and victimisation. You can create change. You know this because you have.
Disregarding your beliefs will always compromise your shot at success, no matter how hard you work to achieve your goals. There may be negative beliefs holding you back right now, but there are also positive beliefs that can catapult you forward. Find out what they are. And use them!
If you’d like a qualified Coach to walk this road with you, contact Lead Life Coaching @ www.leadlifecoaching.co.za today.