Fails to plan. Plans to fail.
A mere 88 days left until 2020! Reflecting on the past 9 months, have you achieved your goals?
What's your motive? What moves you? What drives you? I ask myself regularly “What makes me get up each morning, and how do I get up?” Do you jump out of bed with an overwhelming passionate excitement to do what you love daily, to chase your dreams fiercely, creating the life you’ve always envisaged? Or do you drag yourself out of bed after a fight with the alarm clock, in a rush to get to your draining 9-5 job, living a mundane routine in which you only live for the weekends?
Did you achieve your goals the last 9 months? Did you fail to plan your goals, and as a result then failed to achieve them? Or did you procrastinate far too long and not even set goals in the first place? I find that a comfort zone is a beautiful thing, but you’ll never grow there. If you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry over what you’ll lose. Every choice we make alters our future. Our decisions will determine who we will become and where we will be. As a professional athlete with a driving enterprising spirit, I have come to realise the importance of making decisions intentionally, and with purpose. It is therefore essential to maniacally obsess over your goals, and continually measure their progress. One can never accept being able to only crawl when your intention is to fly.
In my journey so far, goal setting is the driving force, direction and guidance to my daily schedule and whereabouts. People's greatest problem is a lack of direction, rather than a lack of time. It is therefore critical to start intentionally managing your focus instead of your time. Brain Tracy explains in "Eat That Frog” that it is OK to have ten goals for a year. But it is important that your daily, weekly and monthly mini goals support the bigger picture. Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Whilst sitting in a coffee shop in Dubai, sipping a Piccolo and reading the “Power of Habit”, it was intriguing that the majority of failed and unachieved goals are due to a lack of willpower to stick to the end goal. Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about the methods. I am the first to agree that the path or direction may well change along the way, but nonetheless it is is imperative that you stay focused on your goals. In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey states that managing yourself first by being proactive (taking initiative), beginning with the end in mind (focusing on goals) and putting first things first (setting priorities) are crucial in achieving your goals.
With three months remaining of 2019, set those goals and chase them fiercely! The difference between who you are and who you want to become lies in what you do daily. Decide where you want to be in 12 weeks, and don’t stop until you get there. Motivational speaker Steve Maraboli sums it up so beautifully with “Being angry at the mirror won’t change what is reflecting. If you want to see something different, be something different.”
Never feel guilty for wanting more out of life than the average. The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on with it and the perseverance to follow it.