Life goals. Bucket lists. “One day I’ll…”
We all have dreams and goals. The biggest difference between people who achieve them and people who don’t is the act of actually DOING. Do you have goals and things you want to achieve? Professional aspirations? Personal bucket list items?
Let me ask this – what’s stopping you from starting on them?
I don’t tend to get motivational on this blog (every time someone asks me if I’m a motivational speaker I can’t help but think of that Saturday Night Live Chris Farley skit). But today I’m serving up a little motivation, Yoda style.
Luke whined “All right. I’ll give it a try.”
Yoda gave Luke an attitude adjustment “No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.”
What would Yoda say to you if you talked to him about your goals and your progress toward them? That’s what I thought.
I’m here to be your Yoda. I’ll share some experiences related to my goal of getting my book One Piece of Paper published (CLICK HERE to get your copy of the book). Hopefully my story can help you on your way toward achieving your goals. Here are some great first steps you can take right now to help you move toward achieving your goals.
“Ready are you?” – Yoda
You can’t get “there” if you don’t know where “there” is. Sit down and actually articulate what it is you’re trying to achieve. Define success.
Some people say I’m lucky (I actually think I am) but there’s more to it than luck. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” I tend to make sure I’m prepared to achieve my goals.
For example, I’ve always wanted to write a book. It was a nebulous goal. I didn’t have a specific subject in mind (but had several options I had thought of). I didn’t pursue the goal actively because it was lower on my priority list than other current businesses but the goal existed – to see my face on a dust jacket in a bookstore.
Out of the blue (and because of this blog) a literary agent reached out to me. “Hey, I’ve read your blog. Good stuff. Ever thought of writing a book?” In that instant I was able to offer up several topics I had rattling around in my head because I had previously defined this as a personal goal. I was prepared for when “luck” knocked.
Had I not defined this goal and prepared, I might have stammered and had nothing to offer him. Instead, my book One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful and Personal Leadership is becoming a reality (CLICK HERE to get your copy and get additional leadership tips as it moves toward publication). On October 3, 2011 I’ll get to see that dust jacket.
Have you defined your goal? Are you ready to seize the opportunity when it knocks? No? Then go write your goal down. Now. I’m not kidding. Write it down.
Luke: “I don’t believe it!”
Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe you have the ability to achieve the goal or build the skills that will enable you to achieve it? If not, just quit. Give up. Now. Go watch Jerry Springer.
You have to believe in yourself. You must be relentless in pursuing those goals. The minute you lose confidence in yourself, you’re done. That lack of confidence will show through in all you do and a vicious circle of failure will begin.
When I launched thoughtLEADERS full time it was a scary leap. A family to support. A mortgage. College. Wow.
Yes, there were dark and scary moments when there was only $3,000 of revenue booked for the coming QUARTER. But I believed. I kept pushing. And the revenue followed.
Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe you can achieve the goal? Do you have reminders around you that help you remember you can achieve and succeed? Find those reminders. Start believing in yourself. It’s a good bet to make.
“There is no try. Do.” – Yoda
I could spew forth a ton of quotes about taking that first step on your journey blah blah blah. I won’t. I’ll just say if you have big goals, they can be daunting. But you have to start somewhere.
It’s intimidating to look down the barrel of a 65,000 word clause in a book contract and realize you haven’t written the first word yet. That said, I started writing One Piece of Paper and ended up with this first draft.
Then the edits came back. It was a river of blood and it looked like this. Daunting. But I started with the first red mark. I finished yesterday – 17 days later (and do you know how much I love you guys that I’m writing a blog post this morning after several nonstop weeks of editing and writing? But Yoda told me “Do.” so I do this blog post).
Every interim step on the path to the broader goal of One Piece of Paper’s publication is a small goal in and of itself. I tackle every one with a mindset of “do.” Do not procrastinate. Do not be overwhelmed. Break your goal up and “do.”
I know of another website that was but an idea for a funny airport people watching site and iPhone app. Nothing was coming of it until someone pushed the idea guy to “Just build the thing. I’ll do it with you.”
They built it in five weeks. It’s hysterical. It’s going viral (and if you need a laugh you should CLICK HERE to check it out and grab the app too by CLICKING HERE – it’s good for boring hours waiting for a delayed flight). Yoda told them “Do” so they did.
Look – I know you have goals. The question is whether you’re actively pursuing them and ready to achieve them. Heed Yoda’s advice:
– “Ready are you?”