Turn Goals Into Standards
It’s important to lay out what your goals are in your life. If those goals aren’t clear, how will you know when you have arrived? Think about the destination of your goal. Get very clear about that. What is in your heart that gives you power in your life? Where is it that you want to go? What will it look like when you get there? Set attainable and tangible metrics to measure it. And then I want you to apply leverage. I know it sounds crazy but sometimes when I am running on the treadmill I will pretend that there is someone chasing me. Or sometimes I’ll pretend that my kids are in danger if I don’t get there fast enough. I know it sounds crazy, but you can play games with your mind and apply leverage to help you reach your goals. So ask yourself this - “what motivates me to get to my goal?” You have to feel it in your soul, because when the reward is great enough, your struggle will never be strong enough. Are you going to come to detours, wrecks and setbacks? Of course. This journey is going to be hard. This journey is going to be stressful and you are going to want to quit.
So think about why you want that destination. Think long and hard about it, because when it feels like your life depends on it you are going to find a way to get there. Make sure your reason why is strong enough for the hardest parts of the journey.
Now if you think about the destination that you want to get to, you will also need to know the directions to get there. Right? How are you going to get there if you don’t know where to begin? You have to be willing to be the fool in order to be the master. Sometimes that means that you have to start at the bottom and learn consistency at that level before you can level up. Let’s say you want to be a motivational speaker and your goal is to speak at 5 locations per week. Well maybe you can’t find 5 places that will hire you right now but I bet you can find 5 street corners to share the message you have if it means that much to you.
The last thing I want to mention is Drive. You can have all the directions to the destination, but if you never get in the car and drive you’ll still never make it. You have to buckle in and make the decision to start that journey. And then you have to make that decision to get in the car and drive every day. Every. Single. Day.
You are the only one who can turn your goals into a reality for yourself. So think about it like your own personal road and your own personal destination. Find your directions, and get in the car, start it up and put your foot on the gas. You got this. It’s rehab time.
It all starts with you.