After every meal, Annie tries to pick up all 6 dog bowls. She fails more often than she succeeds, but she loves the bowl picking up process.  The work is its own reward.

Delaying gratification so a goal may be realized isn’t easy.  Putting off pleasure now for an unknown outcome takes work, whether it’s for 6 pack abs or financial independence.    Here are some ideas to help you on your path:

  • One simple way to determine whether a goal is important to you is how hard you are willing to work to achieve it. If you haven’t changed your eating habits and your goal is to lose weight, or you want 2 million dollars and you’re not saving any money, you either have to accept reality or work at the change – it’s that simple.  Put the goal in the someday maybe category to revisit at a later date if you aren’t going to put in the effort.
  • Tell your goal to the world. When you make your intentions known and have to report to a third party on your progress, it gives you an added incentive to get things done. It’s one reason why many highly successful people pay personal and business coaches, as well as financial planners.
  • Love the process, not the outcome, because lady luck may never show up. You have to strive for what you want, believe that it is achievable, and not stake your life on the outcome (unless you are Winston Churchill trying to save the world).  Work doesn’t feel like work when you are in the zone.   It’s why losing sports teams come back to play year after year – because they believe they have what it takes to win; if they didn’t love the game, they wouldn’t be back.  Like the NY state lottery says, you have to be in it to win it.
  • Make a new habit out of what you need to do to achieve the goal. It takes at least 21 days for an activity to become a habit, so you have to keep going for at least that long before it gets any easier to start to do the task.

Links and references that can help you achieve your goals:

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey  – Especially the chapter on Proactivity

The Five secrets You Must Learn Before You Die by John Izzo

GOALS! By Brian Tracy

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