There are no ‘get rich quick schemes’ and there are no short cuts. You have to work hard and for a long period of time, if you want to reach your goals.
At the beginning of your journey to success, no matter how good your plan is, you won’t see results over night. It’s going to be a long, hard, grueling process that’s going to throw you from wall to wall, constantly. Doesn’t sound very inviting, does it? Well, it’s not supposed to be easy, that’s why it’s called a goal. It’s not something you have immediate access to, you have to work for it.
This is why most people give up.
They work really hard, giving it their everything but then after a few weeks, they don’t see any progress and give up. They decide their goal is impossible without even leaving the starting line.
In Craig Harper’s book, Pull Your Finger Out, he says ‘ People who are not committed to change will invariably find a convenient way to give themselves and out. The escape-clause is their best friend. They spend their lives rationalizing and justifying what they’re not doing in a very logical-sounding manner. And ten years down the track they’ll still be living in the same place”
Working harder is a non-negotiable.
You can say you’ll start tomorrow. You can say you need a balance between friends and work. It’s fine to say you need some ‘you’ time. These are all perfectly normal things to say, but don’t expect success to present itself to you.
Success won’t show up on your doorstep one day with open arms, asking you to take it. No, success only comes to those who work.
It’s been 8 months since I decided to start up a new business. 8 months of working 7 days a week till 11pm every night. Not one day has gone by that I haven’t worked on my business. This is a great example of ‘there are no short cuts’. You have to be prepared to see no return for your countless late nights, giving up weekends, friends and spare time and continue to do that every day until you’ve reached your goals. This is because nothing worth working for comes over night. You have to put in all your effort and all your energy over a long period of time in order to reach your goals.
If you want to be successful, if you truly want to reach your goals, you have to be patient and you have to be persistent.
Sylvester Stallone was rejected 1500 times before he sold his script and starred as himself in the film ‘Rocky’. He was constantly turned down because of the paralysis in his face and his speech issues, but he never gave up. He kept pushing over a long period of time and, eventually, achieved his goal of staring in his own movie.
Colonel Sanders, who started KFC, was turned down 1009 times when trying to sell his fried chicken recipe.
The point is that you have to be patient. You have to stick to it in order to achieve.
This is why most people quit. It takes a certain type of person to be constantly knocked down and always get back up, only to be knocked down again. Just remember, that if you decide to give up on your goals, you could have been one day, one more try or one more deal from reaching success.
A lot of people say they simply ‘don’t have the time’ to chase their goals. I’ve developed a strategy that has given me more time to focus on my goals.
The Rule Of 3
During my journey to reach my goal of having $1,000,000 by 03/12/2020, I’ve found that a person can properly focus on 3 things during any given time PERIOD. Note that it’s a time period, not at the same time. This doesn’t mean multitasking, this means, for example, in a year or a 5 year period.
To continue the example, I have my new business, this blog and my day job. I might find that in the future one of these doesn’t contribute to reaching my goal and I will drop it but for now, these 3 are my focuses.
It’s important that you do the same. Pick out the 3 things that will help you in achieving your goals. This is where it becomes difficult, as you must cut out all the excess activities that are not positively helping you.
For example, you might have these things that you’re regularly participating in:
- Social life
- Working a day job
- Working a side business
- Going on holidays
- Binge watching television
If you look at this list, I guarantee you there are ones you’re going to spend more time doing because they’re easy and don’t require any action – like binge watching television, having a social life or going on holidays. Yes, these are things you WANT to do but ultimately, they get you nowhere. You have to cut this list to 3 things and they must ALL contribute to your goal. When you’ve finished your list should look like this:
- Working a day job
- Working a side business
If you cut the things you’re focusing on to 3, you will more easily be able to manage your time and make more progress towards reaching your goals. You essentially need to de clutter your life so you can focus on moving forward.
The next step is to plan out your weeks using only the 3 things you have decided to focus on. You can find my advice on how to set a weekly planner here.
Once you have set your weekly planner, it’s critical that you stick to it.
Be persistent, be patient. Don’t give up because you’re not seeing immediate results. Keep pushing, keep running and you will reach your goals.
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Since leaving School in 2012, I’ve had a want to do something different.
To do something great.
That want, although it took years, eventually turned into a need, a burning desire.