I originally posted this December 1, 2014, but I thought it would benefit a few to read about how I have changed my thinking about goal attainment and changed my life! This is the “formula” I use to achieve any goal in my life. I hope it helps you too!
I have talked in previous posts about the unspoken “laws” of the universe. That if you determine what you desire and ask for it, determine what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve, have faith, persevere, get organized and execute, you can reach any goal and live your dream(s). I know this formula works because I have experienced it for myself. And now I need to apply it once again.
In recent months I have not been as mobile and I’ve been a little lazy, which has resulted in me carrying around a few extra pounds. So I decided to use my recent weight gain as an example of how to take action to bring about change. For many people, starting with something easily attainable is the first step in creating positive forward momentum.
Imagine a homeless person. They may dream of living in the penthouse of a luxurious downtown high-rise, but achieving that dream probably starts with getting a bunk in a permanent shelter and finding steady employment. For some, the first step might be getting your finances in order and stop wasting money in order to pay down debt (and the one I recommend if you are frivolous with your resources)!
For others, it might be learning to read and write. For others maybe learning a second language. You get the point. Start with something that will help you get the ball of positive energy moving. Okay here goes…
- The first step is to determine what I desire and to state it with exactness. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything”, Napoleon Hill. So my desire is to lose 15 pounds by January 31, 2015. Losing 15 lbs will put me in my target weight and is an attainable goal. It is specific and has a specific timeframe assigned to it. To simply state that I want to lose weight is not good enough, not specific enough and sounds too much like a hope or wish. On the other hand, to say I want to lose 45 pounds by December 31 is not only unattainable, but also unhealthy. In this step it is crucial to state exactly what you want while also being fair in the timeframe.
- Step 2 is to determine what I am willing to sacrifice to achieve my goal. As we learn in life, nothing comes free and so it is with achieving goals. So for me to reach my goal I know I have to give up sweets, soda, fatty foods, junk, etc. Also, I must sacrifice some of my time and add to my daily schedule some element of physical activity. So I am willing to sacrifice eating sweets, drinking alcohol, miscellaneous junk food and will sacrifice time twice per day to walking to what distance I am able. It does not matter if I only walk a tenth of a mile, twice daily. It only matters that I do it. You must know what you will give up in order to get.
- Now, having faith in this instance is a little easier than most as I already understand the science that if I burn more calories than I consume my body will do its job and burn fat. Faith is not hoping, believing or wishing, but knowing beyond doubt that somehow things will come to pass. You may not know how, when or where, but you know it will happen. So even though I don’t know all the particulars about physiology, I do have faith that if I burn more than I eat I will lose weight. And I know this no matter what anyone says to me and I focus on the process and know that my body will do its job. In other instances, with more lofty desires, faith will be of utmost importance. Imagine if your desire was to become a millionaire or own a home and live in the Caribbean or travel to outer space!
- Next is perseverance. Dictionary.Com defines Perseverance as “to
- Now that all the prep work is done, it is time to execute! Now I take all my planning and I write it down in a short paragraph and I will commit to reading my mission statement every single day. This step is vital! It will become my personal mantra for the next 2 months. It reads as follows:
My desire is to lose 15 pounds by January 31, 2015. To reach my goal I will sacrifice eating sweets, junk food, fatty foods and sodas. I will also sacrifice my time twice per day and commit to walking around my neighborhood. I will eat 1600-1800 calories per day, consisting of 3 meals and 3 snacks and will never eat after 7:00 pm. I will track my caloric intake each time I eat with a mobile app. I know that if I execute this plan and consume fewer calories than I burn that my body will do its job and burn fat. I will commit to this plan no matter how bad the junk food cravings get nor what other people say; I will persevere!
This mantra becomes my mission statement for the next 2 months and I will read it everyday until then. In order to achieve your goal you must develop a burning desire for what it is you want and refuse to quit no matter what!! Remember, “desire is the starting point for all achievement.”