Do you know what is the first step that you need to take to make your dreams come true? The answer is very simple, however, due to its simplicity; many people actually neglect about it and never really put in much thought in it.
Do you know that the shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line? If you understand this principle (and I believe everyone understand this), you will understand that in order to get what you want in your life, you must first find out the 2 points, which is…
1. Where you are right now and,
2. Where you want to go to
Therefore, you have to know where you are in your life right now and what you want to accomplish in the future. How much money are you making now and how much money do you want to make in the next 5 years? What is your weight now and what is the ideal weight you want in 6 months? No matter it is in relationship, finance, spiritual, social, mental, etc, you need to be as specific as possible in order to achieve the targets.
Thus, stop giving general wishes such as you want to be happy, you want to earn more, or you want to lose some weight. Start to be specific from now on. When people ask you about your dreams and your goals, tell them exactly what you want to achieve in the sense that it is measurable and has a deadline.
Some people may say that some of the things that they want to achieve are not measurable such as a happy relationship. If you think about it carefully, a happy relationship is not a tangible thing and it is a feeling. Hence, ask yourself what has to happen in order for you to feel having a happy relationship. Is it a goodnight kiss from your love one? Is it having candle light dinner and catching a movie in the Saturday night can make you feel like you are having a happy relationship?
As you can see now, the examples that I gave above can be measurable. A goodnight kiss every night is something that you can actually do. And remember, this is just one of the examples that I’m giving. Put in deeper thought in all the fields that you want to improve and set goals to achieve them. This is how you can make your targets measurable and achievable.
The same can apply in the spiritual world. You may set your goal as to become more spiritual, but how can you measure this? The answer is below…
Define Your Success
What has to happen in order for you to feel successful? When you say that you want to be successful, what do you mean by it? Everyone has their own meaning of being successful. For most people, being successful has something to do with their financial level. On the other hand, some people will feel that they are successful as long as they are able to live life each day.
So what has to happen to you so that you will feel successful?
Write down your definition of success in your journal. If you don’t have a journal to record all the great things about life, get one tomorrow. And also, write down the points that you are travelling right now. Where are you right now and where do you want to go to.
If it is in financial terms, the 2 points will be, how much money are you making now and how much do you want to earn in your future time (please state your deadline).
Remember, the more specific you are the easier you can achieve it. And the most important key is that your definition of success will determine your strategy of how you can achieve it.
Your Goals Determine Your Strategy
Do you know that the strategy of making $10,000 per month and making $1,000,000 a month is different?
If you set your goal to make $10,000 a month, your strategy and your plan will be greatly different from the goal to make $1,000,000 a month. For example, if you are selling fruits, and if you want to make $10,000 a month, the strategies could be open up a fruit shop, bargain for wholesale price, create loyalty programs, work extra hours and more.
However, by using the same business as example, if you want to make $1million in a month, do you think it is possible? Most people will think that it is impossible. Well, it will be depending on your strategy. If you are using the same old strategy as the above example, you will never hit $1million a month. For instance, you can to set up franchise system, develop your own brand, invest in R&D, create new products line such as organic fruit, supply sun-dried fruit and sell through supermarkets, etc.
Can you see it now? Do you think it is possible right now? You can achieve whatever you set with the right strategy. This is why your goal is important because it will determine your strategy and what you need to do to achieve it.
Model Other Successful People’s Strategy
The best thing is that you don’t have to research or crack your head to think about the strategy. The easiest way to learn the right strategy is to learn from other successful people who have achieved what you wanted.
Just like if you want to be a professional photographer, learn directly from a professional photographer then. You can learn from books, through seminars, workshops, or get a mentor to teach you through. You can basically learn about any topic in through information in this modern era. There are all sorts of books out there ready to guide you in whatever you want to improve. Gurus and successful people are ready to teach you how to make money, how to lose weight, how to stay healthy, how to pick up girls, how to decorate your house and many more.
And guess who I learned from? My favorite self-help guru, Adam Khoo. He is the author of Master Your Mind, and a super successful Singaporean. If you are interested to learn about improving the quality of your life, I will strongly suggest you to get a copy of Master Your Mind.
So now you know what is the first and the most fundamental step to success. Again, write down all the books that you would want to read and who are the gurus you want to learn from. If you have no idea what books to reach or who to learn from, simply do a research through Amazon and go through the reviews from others.
After all the research and learning, craft your plan and strategy, because you are ready to go into war…