“Begin with the end in mind.” (Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
“Claim your dreams” (Emmitt Smith, Game On)
What do these quotes have in common?
Inside each of them is the key to unlocks success. All success books have this key near the start. Usually, it’s the first lesson, but sometimes it’s the second.
Without it, you cannot reach success.
As I was writing this post, I remembered coming across a story I had heard years ago. I first heard about it in Stephen Covey’s book quoted earlier, but you can read a variation of the story of The Mayonnaise Jar on ThinkChooseLive.org.
So I ask again, what do these three quotes have in common?
Ready for it?
Setting Personal Goals.
Every single quote is about setting personal goals. Not the little goals like what you what to get done this week, mind you. I’m talking about the big ones. The life goals. The ones you would like to achieve in the next 10 to 15 years.
Who do you want to be? Where do you want to go? What do you want to be doing? Who do you want to be doing it with?
Have you set your goals?
Have you chosen what you want your life to look like in 5 to 10 years? Have you planned what you want to achieve with your business or career?
If not, take time, right now, to stop, and think about.
I don’t mind.
I’ll still be here.
Finished? How detailed did you make it? Can you picture on your internal movie screen? Not yet? Well, go back then. Bring the picture fully to mind. Hear the sounds you want to hear. Feel the sensations and emotions you want to feel. Bring the experience fully to life. Reach out and touch it. Does it feel real yet?
Good. Now, write it down. In the present tense. In the now. Don’t settle for “I want to be a football player.” Emmitt Smith said he wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys and later refined it with being a Hall of Fame running back with the most rushing yards, having won several consecutive rushing titles, gone to the Superbowl, and a number of others along the way. Your vision doesn’t have to be perfect. But it does need to be detailed. As detailed as you can, at this point in time, make it.
Have you written down yet? Why not?! What are you waiting for? Do that right now!
Okay. Now that you have your plan, put it where you can read it. Every day. Several times a day. And read it. With emotion. Recall that vision. Keep it in front of you.
It’s okay if you don’t know yet how to get there. That will come.
Now, make a dream board or a mind movie. Use images of the things and people that you want to have around you. Put a picture of someone doing the things you want to do. Look at it, or watch it, every day.
Each time you look at your board, when you watch the mind movie, every time you reread your statement, bring the vision to mind. Relive it until you can see it in HD. And keep doing it some more.
As you learn more about your goals, and get closer to reaching your dream, you’ll want to refine it. Add more detail. Make a sharper image in your mind.
And when it happens, it may not happen exactly as you thought it would. But usually, the experience will be much better than you thought.
As for me, my vision is that this site gets tens of thousands, or more, of visitors a day. I go around the world, giving motivational talks, teaching people how to reach for their dreams and improve their lives. My novels inspire people and help them see how they can be better.
Most importantly, I get to share these things with my wife, my children, my brothers, and other family members. We meet amazing people, famous and not famous, around the country and the world. We get to go behind the scenes to see how movies and TV shows are made, meet professional athletes and politicians. Everywhere we go, we have lots of fun and have an exciting time.
As a part of reaching that goal, I’m making a small change here at Success Building Blocks. One that you might hardly even notice unless I say something about it. See, we all want to achieve success in the 4 areas of mindset, health, wealth, and relationships. But the cornerstone of everything else is mindset. I will still talk about the other three in my other posts. But I’m establishing my Monday posts as “Mastering Me Monday”, of which, this is the second post. (The first being last week, though I didn’t really think of this idea until later.)
Each Monday, as we start the week, we’ll look at how you can get the right mindset to reach all your goals for yourself, your health, your relationships, and your money. In the other posts, we’ll look at specific things that can help you in those areas. But most of those will have the best effect when you have the right mindset.
I’ve shared with you my vision. What is your vision? What are your tips for setting personal goals? Share your answers below! I always enjoy encouraging others as they reach for a goal, and I’ll be happy to cheer you on!