As many successful people say, to succeed in something you have to begin with the end in mind. In other words, you need to set clear goals about what you wish to achieve. To go further than that, you also have to set a timeline which you want to achieve the goals by.
A common example is “I want to be able to retire by the time I am 45 years old and enjoy life.”
Does it really sound compelling? Does it make you want to get off your sofa and start planning furiously about your future? No? The problem with such a goal is that it is too vague and does not really sound compelling.
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Specify Your Goals In Full Details
You need to provide further details for your goals, the more the better. What does enjoying life really mean to you? Does it mean spending time with your children or grandchildren for that matter? Does it mean going to various impoverished parts of the world and making a difference to the lives of the poor? What are your DREAMS really? We used to have DREAMS when we were kids, when the world seemed so exciting and everything was possible. However, as we grow up, we become disillusioned, disenchanted, weighed down by the negativity of people around us. Tap into your childhood again, relive those times of innocence and imagine what you would really want to do if everything was possible.
Your goals may also be one of material wealth, for example a dream car, a dream house, a dream yacht. These dream possessions are normally formed when we are adults and they are equally powerful motivators. Write it down, what you want in your dreams, draw it if necessary. As you write and brainstorm, you will realize that there are so many things you wanted in life, but lost sight of them sometime ago battling hectic work schedules, relationship stress and more. Now is the time to realign your targets again.
Visualize Your Dreams
Now that you have your dream goal set up, how do you take it a step further? You crystalize the dreams by visualizing them in your mind. What would it be like if you achieved your dreams? Live the dreams in your mind, visualize yourself smelling the fresh leather of the new car, touching the shiny dashboard of the car, putting your hands on the steering wheel and stepping away on the accelerator.
Or it could be waking up to the sounds of the seagulls and gentle waves of the sea, the sight of the endless blue right from your bedroom window, the smell of the sea breeze. Engage your senses, hear it, smell it, see it, feel it and finally live it! Residing in a beachside house can be very compelling indeed. You enjoy yourself in the beautiful Mediterranean style house with your loved ones, without a care in the world. The feeling is very satisfying isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if you are really living your dreams? You just need to go out and get it!
By visualizing your dreams, you create an instant connection between your conscious mind and your actions to stay committed to your goals. You have crystalized your dreams in your mind, nobody can take it away from you but yourself. Being able to live your dreams in your mind makes it so much more powerful and will keep you highly charged, highly motivated.
Take Charge of Your Dreams
Now that you have your dreams set in your mind, it’s time to create an action plan. Financial freedom is often a requirement in most of the dreams we have. Without which, we wouldn’t have the time to live our dreams right? I will touch more on creating an action plan and exploring the concept of Financial Freedom later on in my posts. When things don’t go the way you plan, when every situation in the world seems to be against you, you still have the power to take charge and the dreams to make sure you stay committed to your plan.