Tag: goals

18. Persevere

Jordan_ArrowsIronically, Napoleon Hill, best know for his book, “Think and Grow Rich”, noted that the number one indicator of future success is a willingness to persevere.

We live in a society that panders to the “I want it and I want it now mentality.” See something you like? Never mind you don’t have the money. Banks are more than happy to make a huge profit by letting you borrow against your future.

But in the process of learning, there is nothing to borrow against and no bank to borrow from. The only way to learn, to become expert, is to dig in, do the work and keep at it until you become what you set out to be.

This means lacing up your trainers and hitting the pavements even when it’s raining. It means showing up time and again even if, especially if, you’ve failed miserably. It means more than anything else making a commitment to yourself to continue onward, step by faltering step, toward your goal.

We’re not talking about putting yourself in harm’s way or committing to a life of misery because you think you SHOULD do or be or achieve a particular goal. Sometimes the best choice IS to walk away.

No, we’re talking about putting one foot in front of the other, step after step after step until you arrive at the destination of your heart.

Are you willing to stick with it?

If not, perhaps you need a different goal.

So You Want to Do Something Better

HenryFord_StarIt doesn’t matter what you are trying to do or what skill you want to improve. There are certain principles that, if followed, create the conditions for change and set you up for success.

Over the next few months you will see these principles unfold and build.  The slow unveiling makes it easy for you to follow along, and actually practice changing something you do for the better.

The first step in making any conscious change is deciding what you would like to do better.  So, put on your thinking cap.

What would you like to learn to DO better?

Did you have a ready answer or did you hesitate?  Are you afraid to give voice or thought to your heart’s desire?  Once again…

What would YOU like to learn to do better?

Write it down.  Scream it from the rooftop.  Mumble it into your coffee.

Expressing your dream draws a line in the sand.  It makes it real.  It makes it possible.  And, it subconsciously sets your brain the task of solving the riddle of making it happen.  Holding back on expressing your un-avowed dreams stifles your creative juices.

The first step to doing better is knowing WHAT you wish to do better.

Once you know what, the next question is how.  Not HOW will you DO better.  That’s what this book is about.  No, the real question is: How will you know it IS better?

Take the time to ponder, journal, cogitate, chew, discuss, dissect.  What would it take for you to see (and sense) that what you wish to do better actually IS better?

This is your chance to dream.  Imagine yourself doing whatever it is you want to improve.  How will you know you are doing it better?   How will YOU know?  Forget about how will someone else know. This is about you, your ability to observe what you do and your ability to shift your patterns of behavior to achieve a goal.  What is your goal?

A word of caution.  The question is, “How will you know you are doing BETTER?” not, “How will you know you are perfect?”.  You may read the two questions as subtle distinctions, especially when it comes to setting a goal, but the distance between better and perfect is vast.

So once more:

What do you wish to do better?

How will you know it is better?

 

Lessons from the Edsel

Remember the Edsel?  Me neither, but I remember hearing about it.  Looking back people marveled at how advanced it was.  Unfortunately, it was a case of  too much, too soon.  Folks couldn’t wrap their minds around something that far beyond their sheltered imaginations.  So a great idea fizzled.

The same thing happened with alternative fuels.  The technology existed back in the 70s to make a start toward developing solar and other forms of “clean” power.  But did it happen?  No.  The collective vision and drive just weren’t there.

So what does this have to do with you achieving your goals?  Everything.  If you spend all your time trying to achieve the next BIG thing, you might miss your opportunity to achieve the next small thing.  It’s the little steps along the way that lead to the big leaps.  After all, Neil Armstrong couldn’t have taken that giant leap on the moon if years of effort, many hours of manpower and many unmanned missions hadn’t gone before.

So set your sites on the next logical goal, and then the next, and then the next, until…