This last week has confirmed to me (yet again) how important it is to LOVE what you’re doing, have EXCITING GOALS to pursue, and take ACTION.
We’ve talked before about this – what excites one person doesn’t necessarily excite another – so make sure it’s something you can get excited about!
Only 6 weeks ago, I decided to see if I could get four-times-New-York-Times-best-selling author: Loral Langemeier to come to Perth. In my mind I thought it would be nice to get her here later this year, possibly early next year – which would give us a nice period in which to plan the event. When her office said there was a very slight chance of her fitting it into her schedule, there were two options – host her on 22 September, or wait another 12 months for another gap. There was no guarantee, in fact at that stage, Loral didn’t even know if Perth should be on her itinerary!
My heart jumped into my throat as I calculated the weeks – just 6! Could we do it?
“Could we have everything ready, and get the marketing done so we could fill the room?” These were the thoughts racing through my head.
Loral is famous for the phrase: “Say YES! now and then figure out how”. This was extremely handy to say right back to Loral as she was asking me about the trip to Western Australia!
It took 2 weeks for us to get our contract sorted, and the basic logistics, which meant that we had just under 4 weeks to get the message out, and do the marketing for her event.
While I had read “The Secret” in 2007, and have since studied with Loral and Live Out Loud in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, there were few people here who had heard about her. Several clients of Evolve Dynamic had heard me tell the stories and share some of the learnings, so they jumped at the opportunity to meet her.
Yes, the event was indeed a great success (and you can read more about it, with photos on the home page: www.evolvedynamic.net).
What always amazes me is how quickly things happen when you make a decision! When I first read “The Secret” I hoped that one day I would meet and learn from the teachers featured there. It was a lifelong dream – and yet, in less than 4 years I have met several of them, worked personally with both Bob Proctor and Loral Langemeier, and have now hosted Loral in Perth and introduced her to entrepreneurs and investors here.
It really was just a pipe dream, with very little chance of reality when I first thought of it.
I share this not to impress you, but to impress upon you that you too can reach your goals. What do you have that is exciting you at the moment? What wakes you up in the morning?
The purpose of having goals is to keep you alive, to give you energy and to keep you growing. Setting a list of actions to-do is not the same! Yes, you do need a to-do list – that is in line with those big hairy audacious goals!
Here is how you check to see if your goal is right for you:
Does it excite you?
When you think about achieving the goal, does it give you a tingling sensation in your tummy, a tear in your eye, or cause a big smile to come onto your face? Goals that are right for you give you energy, make your mind fill with possibilities and add value to your day. They are likely to utilise your talents and allow you to utilise your strengths. Goals that aren’t right for you deplete your energy, pull you down and probably require you to work on your weaknesses.
If you look at your goal list and realise that you have already achieved all of them, then make a new list!
Is it YOUR goal?
Are you supporting someone else with their goal? That’s very noble, but it might not drive you enough to get through the hurdles that come your way. It’s important for you to have your own goals, and then to support others in theirs. When you get clear on yours, you find it very easy to fulfil your goals and assist others with theirs at the same time – the alignment is quite remarkable.
Have you already achieved it?
If you are already living the life you desire, then you already know how to get this far. Set a new goal, a different goal that is going to enable you to continue along the journey. If you already have the time and money freedom that you wish for, then how would you like to share your expertise with others?
Make a Decision
The easiest way to have to do nothing is to say you aren’t clear on your goal yet (or declare that you have already achieved them)! Choose a goal, get started on it – and if you find a more exciting one along the way, then pursue that one.
If you don’t have a goal clearly articulated, then you’re not likely to be getting the results you want.
Many of the clients that come to Evolve Dynamic for assistance with goal setting are those who have achieved several goals already – I hear “I know all this stuff” many times. The difference with doing one of the Evolve Dynamic programs is that we close the knowing-doing gap. We focus you back onto the dreams you had, filter through the ones you have already achieved, drop the ones that no longer interest you, and re-ignite the passion for those that excite and motivate you.
Today is Chooseday (everyday is Chooseday!). Spend some time thinking of something that would really blow your socks off, if it happened. Then commit to the actions that you know you need to take to start the ball rolling. If it’s really a good goal for you, I think you will be surprised to see how quickly it progresses!