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A Goal Without A Plan Is Simply A Wish

A few years ago I got in the habit of writing out my goals. One program I followed from one of my early mentors Raymond Aaron had me writing out goals in 6 different areas of my life each month. The beauty of this program was that it set achievable targets for me to focus on as well as grander goals to stretch and reach for.

Within a couple of months I had completely transformed my life. I had bought 2 more investment properties. I had arranged to take some parental leave (something I had talked about doing with our first child). I had set in motion a plan to leave my regular job so I could focus on doing things better aligned with my passions.

Here’s the point I want to emphasize though. All of those things were goals previously. What I hadn’t done in the past was put them in writing and get to work on how to accomplish them though. They were wishes. It doesn’t matter how much you “talk” about doing something. If you don’t define a plan to achieve it, how’s it ever going to come to fruition? One of the best, and simplest steps you can take is simply to put it in writing. This takes it out of your imagination and translates it into a physical form on the paper. Just this act alone has proven to drastically increase your rate of success. Do yourself a favour and make goal setting a regular and frequent activity. Put them in writing, and then get to work on making them come true.

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Live the life you have imagined…

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” Jamie Paolinettie

What if it truly is possible to live the life you have imagined? I heard a speaker recently who said they believe the reason most people aren’t doing just that is because they spend more time “describing their life, than they do designing their life”! How profound. I love that message. I know I’m just as guilty of this as others. Often we get caught up in re-hashing our lifes events to get sympathy or attention from others. We want to be recognized for our sacrifices and the hardships we’ve been through.

Unfortunately that behaviour only results in creating more of the same. What if we all spent our thoughts, time and energy designing our lives the way we want them to be rather than the way they have been in the past. It is true that the only moment that matters is this one right now. You can’t re-live what’s happened and you can’t possibly live in the future. You can only live right now, so make the best of this opportunity.

What most of the world’s successful people have been able to do is manage their thoughts so that they spend more time thinking about the life they want, and less on the way it was, or currently is. If you’re constantly thinking of bigger and better things for yourself, your family, and you community your mind will find ways to draw those things towards you. If all you’re focused on is your current or past state, then that’s what you’ll continue attracting.

I truly recognize this in my own life right now. Although I have been working on visualization, affirmations, meditation, goal setting etc on and off over the past couple of years, I have not been consistent with any of them, and currently often find myself worrying about my current circumstances. This is a hard cycle to break, especially when your faith is not strong enough that you have the ability to bring your vision to fruition. In times like this, a mentor can be all the difference. The right mentor can help you strengthen your belief by showing you how they’ve done it for themselves. It is far easier to believe something is possible when you see that it has already been done.

The four minute mile was once considered impossible. Even scientists and physicists said it was beyond the capabilities of the human body. Roger Bannister believed otherwise and once he did, others soon followed who also broke that barrier. Once the impossible task had been proven possible, others believed it was possible for them too, and it was.

Start today to believe that whatever life you’ve imagined for yourself is possible. If your faith is strong enough, your resolve to see it through and the right mentors to guide your journey, anything is possible.

Live a mentored life!

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