“It doesn’t take any more effort to dream a big dream than it takes to dream a small dream.” ~ General Wesley Clark, Former Head of NATO Allied Troops
Have you ever set a goal and then not achieved it? If you said yes, you’re not alone; most of us are in that camp with you. In fact, that’s generally the norm in life. People set goals all the time and often make little progress towards achieving them.
We set goals because we think we should, or because others are setting them, or it’s a New Year’s resolution and that’s what happens at that time of year, or it’s part of being in business and the accountant says that’s what we should do. Whew! Sound familiar?
Have you ever wondered why we don’t achieve our goals?
In my experience, the answer is really simple. Most often people don’t achieve their goals because the goal(s) they set aren’t that important to them.
I just love this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as it’s so true: “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
Unless we have what I call ‘seductive clarity’ around why a dream or goal is important to us, it won’t be achieved.
What’s seductive clarity? Well, I’m about to get a bit soppy on you!
Remember that moment when you fell in love, or saw your child – your baby – for the very first time? What did you feel in that moment?
I’m guessing it was a passion, a desire, a raw need, a drive, a responsibility, a happiness! In short, you were seduced by love.
In love, we want and need that person forever and a day. Our hearts stop, we get distracted and can’t focus on anything other than the person we have fallen in love with. Ahhh, I still rejoice with the memories of those early moments in love! J
To this day, some 13 years later, I still remember that heart stopping moment when I saw our baby for the first time and love kicked in, along with the need to cuddle, nurture and caress that tiny being that was given to us to love, hold, cherish and guide through life.
Seductive clarity with our dreams and goals is the same. We must feel the utmost emotional connection with them – a love – a heart stopping importance, a must have or must achieve drive, and the feeling – the excitement – that comes with the possibility of achieving something important.
If we don’t have all that then we won’t care enough to achieve the dream or goal. And sadly, when the going gets tough, as it does in life and business, we’ll be off and onto the next shiny thing… the goal will be forgotten or buried as silly or not important.
Yet, the achievement of a dream or goal can be life changing. The achievement of a goal can make an ordinary life extraordinary. The achievement of a big goal can be a game changer in business.
So, let’s get serious about this for a minute. We’re past half way in 2015. How’s the year progressing for you? Same old, same old? Or are you on track to achieve some major and hopefully game changing goals this year?
It’s not too late in the year to set goals. There’s plenty of time to nail something that is important to you.
ACTION: How about creating a game changing or breakthrough goal that you will achieve this year? That goal must quantum leap your personal or professional life somehow.
You’ll know it’s important when you want to live and breathe it every day until it’s achieved. Your emotional attachment will be enormous, and you will be prepared to do the work to achieve it.
So come on. Set the goal and then get on, do the work, and achieve it. Imagine how life will be once you’ve achieved it.