It’s the ability to set unrealistic goals with realistic timetables that creates the possibility of success.
While that sounds completely opposite from some of the things I’ve been preaching, I can assure you it isn’t. For many who have succeeded in a variety of endeavors, the path to the unknown has been irresistible. It almost separates the successful from the also-rans. The path will be prickly and different, but it will get you unstuck from anything dead-end and predictable.
Our past may give us scripts which order our behavior, define our talents and expand our shortcomings. However, things don’t just happen to you. It comes from how you view things, your actions, perception and timing. You must realize your potential. Your limitations are all upstairs in that Catch-22 known as self-esteem.
How successful have you been in the past and how many times have you been shot down? Who did the shooting? Was it verbal? Does the failure still hurt? Can you get past the stumbling block or does the brass ring always seem a little bit out of your grasp? Can you think big enough, unrealistic enough to try for something better? To achieve success in spite of all these odds require the setting of unrealistic goals. But where should you be realistic? In your timetables.
Timing is a critical part of any success story. The goals are yours and since they are written down, you have an idea of where you want to go. Concentrate on those priorities, and you will learn to get the progress you want. Don’t be busy for activity sake, but for the results of that activity. Keep your goal notebook with you so you can add any “a’has” when you think of them.
Unfortunately, our minds only allow us to remember about 40% of what we want to on time, so write it down. Keep this notebook i sections according to ideas so that when they are implemented you will know it. Make room for them and as they accumulate, having them organized by section will make them easier to find.
Surround yourself with the kind of people who will help make your goals happen. Close your eyes and form a mental picture of yourself. Visualize who you are and what you want to be. Paste an article on a subject you admire or a person you’d like to emulate. Read biographies of people you admire as well and be selective. Most real winners made choices and so will you. Don’t try to be all things to all people. Take a hint from the struggles of others to be easy on yourself.
Don’t over-think or over-analyze–just do it and track yourself. Look for the circumstances you want and if you can’t find them, create them.