Goals should include submission to God. It’s in the Bible, James 4:15-16, TLB. “What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.”
Each person has goals, regardless of the size, which is why they strive to reach these, depending on their own capabilities and resources. If you truly want to become successful, you need to have the right attitude and mindset to achieve. There are several ways to do this and you may be surprised that you had everything you needed all along.
Importance of Visualization
The goal starts from within. You need to have full desire and passion over the things that you want to achieve. This way, you will constantly store the thoughts and ideas in your mind that will lead to success. If your desire is weak, the results and the paths to success will also be weak or delayed. The primary step is to create dreams. You may take a pen and paper and list down the items that you want to do.
Visualize yourself being successful in your objectives. The attitude of the mind is highly important to subconsciously control your actions towards the achievement of your set goals. You can keep pictures of things to help you visualize. Try surfing the internet and look for the right images that will put you on the right track. You may want to consult a professional to help you visualize if you have difficulty.
Creating Your List
Next, you need to create a list to achieve your goals. It is vital that you create the action steps that will ultimately lead to your main goal. For example, if your goal is to get rich, you have to set steps such as saving money, investing, working extra hours, building connections, etc.
It is always recommended to make your list more specifically, such as writing down “To earn 1 million dollars”, instead of just “Being rich.” You should also be specific about the action steps. You can write down “Save 10 dollars every day”, instead of just “Save more”. You should also create a timeline wherein you can finish tasks right on schedule. You will avoid the hindrances if you push yourself more by setting deadlines.
Think of Benefits or Consequences
Aside from writing down the list of your goals and action steps, you will also want to include the advantages and consequences once you reach them. For example, you can put “Buy a new Ferrari”, “Managing my main office nemesis”, etc. These specific advantages will motivate you more. You can also include the consequences should you fail or delay by writing down things like “Lose my house”, “Disappoint my wife”, etc.
The Right Attitude
You need to have the right attitude that will help you stick to your goals. The most important are consistency, patience, and discipline. Consistency describes the work you put in to achieve the results you’ve always desired. Patience talks about waiting for the right opportunity and persevering despite some disappointments. Discipline means giving up some immediate gratifications so you can get bigger and long-lasting benefits in the end.
You can practice the right attitude by talking to very successful people and finding a partner who can motivate you during times of trouble. It is important that you check your list every now and then and make the necessary adjustments over time. Changes may occur but you have to stay with the goal, even if the plan is flexible and altered.
There’s no doubt that God wants you to fulfill your goal/purpose. In fact, it’s your duty since He has given you gifts to do so. However, be mindful not to neglect people around you that makeup who you are while you do His work. Finally, remember that the world does not rest on your shoulders. You will make mistakes in setting goals. It’s fine. Because God wants to see you do His will, He will teach you the way to go as you walk in faith (Psalm 32:8).