If you’re going to chase your goals then you need to be prepared to change everything.
If you want to get ahead, if you want to start moving forward, you have to eliminate your bad habits. You have to change who you hang out with, what you wear, how you see yourself. Everything has to change.
How can you expect to achieve your goals if you do the exact same thing you did yesterday?
What you were doing before was getting you nowhere. What you were doing before had you stuck in a rut. For 3 years, I did the same thing every weekend. I would go out, party, drink alcohol, work 9 till 5 then watch TV when I got home expecting things to just happen, expecting success to just jump out in front of me.
I had a dream. I knew what I wanted but I wasn’t prepared to change my lifestyle in order to achieve it. I knew I had to, but I didn’t truly want to.
That’s the thing. You have to truly want something for it to happen because the process you have to go through is really hard. I’ve been chasing my goal, starting up a new business, starting this blog for about 8 months and I’m no where near where I want to be but, I’m getting closer everyday because I made changes.
Change is a good thing. You need change in order to achieve. I know a lot of people will be saying ‘You should never change for anybody’, it’s important to remember that you’re not changing for anyone else, you’re changing for yourself.
It’s fine to sit there telling yourself to never change because you are who you are. It’s fine to listen to the people who say you should never change for anyone. It’s fine to live everyday the same as the previous. That’s fine, but don’t expect to achieve your goals and don’t expect to get ahead.
I’ve spoken about it before, you have to make sacrifices. You have to be prepared to give up so much in your life in order to achieve your goals. If you’re the kind of person who spends all their money on partying but you want to get ahead, then you have to stop. If you’re the kind of person who binge watches TV shows but you want to get ahead, then you have to stop. If you’re the kind of person sitting there now thinking I’ll just watch a little TV or I’ll just go out when it’s my friends birthday, again, that’s fine! But don’t then expect to achieve your goals because clearly your goals aren’t the most important thing. Clearly you don’t truly want them.
Your goals need to be your number 1 priority. The more excuses you make, the further away you get from your goals. If you’re only chasing your goals when it’s convenient for you, then you don’t really want them and you’ll end up doing what I did – dreaming for 3 years and never getting any closer.
You need to make drastic changes if you want to reach your goals.
You need to get to a point where your goals determine what you do. Everything you do is only done once you’ve decided that it gets you closer to your goals. If your goal is to pass all your university exams and your friend’s birthday comes up, you decide not to go because you have to study. If your goal is to save $50,000 and you want to spend $4.00 on a coffee, but instead you decide to give up caffeine because you know spending that money puts you further away from your goal.
Your goals need to determine everything you do.
This is why so many people give up. They don’t realise the amount of work that needs to go into chasing their goals that when it comes time for them to work, they get scared or they decide it’s too hard. Of course it’s hard! If chasing your goals was easy, everyone would be millionaires, everyone would be fit and everyone would be successful.
The process is meant to be hard but it doesn’t last forever. Those people who realise that if you put in the effort you will reach your goals, are the ones that become successful. The ones that are able to keep pushing, to keep failing and keep going are the ones who get ahead and there is no excuse for why that can’t be you. No matter what your circumstances are, you can achieve anything.
It’s time to determine what changes you need to make. Whether its alcohol, smoking, excessive spending, whatever it may be, it’s time to give them up. Not tomorrow, not when it’s convenient for you, but today.
Once you’ve done this, start developing a plan that will help you stick to these new changes. Once the plan is done, make sure you stick to it. A plan is worthless unless you stick to it.
Remember to comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org maybe you would like to tell me about what you need to change and how you’re going to do it?
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.