Today is a new day...a new moment...a fresh opportunity to show who I am...who I'm deciding to be.
I was reminded once again very recently of the value of persistence and wanted to briefly talk about it.
First, understand, you can have anything in the world you desire. Second, you can't have everything you desire. (Ironic, isn't it?)
So, if you set a goal that is outside your current comfort zone (which I hope most of your goals are), there's only one thing you have to do.
Be persistent and keep taking action until you get it.
Here is a four-step formula for achieving everything you desire.
First is knowing EXACTLY what you want. I would add to this knowing exactly why you want (which ultimately is what will drive you to achieve it).
Second, write down an action plan. Decide that you want to obtain this goal no matter what. Start taking the actions that you've written down.
Third, notice if the actions you are taking are getting you closer or further away.
Fourth, if you notice that something is not working, take a different action until it does work.
THAT'S IT. If you follow the above instructions, you will get anything you want.
Sounds simple...and it is. The problem with all of us humans is we're constantly getting in the way of ourselves. Honestly, that success formula will get you to where you want to go, IF (and only if) you follow it. If you stop following it, you're dead in the water.
Nothing in this world happens without you doing something for yourself.
I would like to challenge you this weekend to take a look at your life and figure out where you want to go. Then, design an action plan to get there and start rockin'. I know you can do it. We've all done it in the past. Let's do it again. Whatever happens, persist and follow through. When you find yourself wasting time, break your state and go back to the success formula. When you find yourself making excuses, break your state and go back to the success formula. To make it simpler, when you find yourself not following the success formula, start again to follow the success formula.
P.S. If your brain gives you excuses as to why you can't do something (let's say start working out again), let me share a small, brief story with you.
I was working the other day in a small office with a few people I knew. I was only going to be there for a few hours. One of the co-workers and I started talking about fitness. She gave me reason after reason why she couldn't do it (time was the main one...her daughter was in the midst of volleyball season). After she spewed her excuses, I asked her why she couldn't get up an hour early. She told me she would be too tired throughout the day.
I then asked her if I handed her $20,000 right now if she would get up one hour early for the next 45 days and go to the gym. She told me of course she would.
When you're making excuses in your head about why you can't do something, use the $20,000 test like the one above. If your answer is yes, and you would do it for $20,000, find a better reason to obtain your goal. Find a stronger why. If you have a strong why, you'll get your goal...no matter what.
I can give you many, many reasons to do something (like physical fitness)...but, they're my reasons...not yours. Find your reasons...make them strong...and they will pull you all the way to your goal.
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