Friday, April 17, 2009
Self-help writers couch it in different language but they all advocate goal setting and methodically pursuing those goals. Each author has a different key phrase but they have a common theme "Keep your eyes on the prize" "Success comes to those who try and keep trying with PMA" 'Don't be a victim of 'Stinkin thinkin'".
It all boils down to the same thing. Decide what your goal is. Picture yourself having achieved that goal. Set up a plan to achieve that goal and follow that plan. Walt Disney saw "Walt Disney World" in Florida, including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot and he worked to achieve that goal. Even though it wasn't built until after his death, Walt did see Disney World, that's why it's there.
In "South Pacific", Bloody Mary asks "If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" In order to achieve anything in life, you have to be able to see the positive results. Until you are able to see the results, you cannot achieve them. This also works with negative results. Henry Ford said that whether you thought you would succeed or fail, you're probably right.
In "Alice in Wonderland", Alice approaches a fork in the road and the Cheshire Cat appears in a tree. Alice asks which fork she should take. The cat inquires where she wants to go. She replies that she didn't know and the cat rejoined "Then it really doesn't matter which road you take". If you don't know where you are going or want to go, it doesn't matter which road you take but you won't ever get there either.
Decide on your goal. Picture yourself as having achieved that goal. Incorporate visual aids into your picturing your success. Review your goals and your progress regularly. Set milestones along the way and reward yourself when you reach the milestones. As a note, set the long range goal and milestones along the way, do not set a short range goal and then move the goal as you approach it. this creates an attitude of futility rather than achievement.
See it then be it!