Somebody’s got to do it

The ultimate folly is to think that something crucial to your welfare is being taken care of for you – Robert Brault

Picture this scenario: The alarm wakes you up in the morning. You shower, dress, grab a quick bite, maybe watch some TV if you have time and  if not; you rush out to begin the day with classes, meetings and other appointments.

Picture another scenario: The previous night before going to bed you wrote down two things you wanted to do and placed them under your pillow. The alarm awakens you. You reach under your pillow to remind yourself of those two things. You shower, dress and go on with your day.

Which of these two days do you think will most likely be more productive and focused?

The quote that began this post can be summed up in one word: Responsibility. Hopes and wishes will only be translated into possibilities and actions when a conscious effort is made to personally work towards them. We have all come into contact with people who blame their current states on their environment and their personality and other outside factors. Responsibility tells us that the things that happen in our lives are dependent on us and our ability to act knowing that actions translate into results. Sometimes people get lucky, but the vast majority of those who succeed take matters into their hands and actively work towards getting there.

Let’s return to the two scenarios mentioned previously. It is possible that the first scenario will be productive as well, but it’s easier and clearer to forge ahead in a direction when you remind yourself of what that direction is. It’s like a painter drawing a portrait. He will look at the object and draw a little and then look at the object again for further inspiration and draw a little more until the final result is obtained. Imagine this same painter drawing this same portrait without something to remind him of the final picture. He could still end up with a great picture, but it would take significantly longer. Brian Tracy often says “By the yard it’s hard, but inch by inch anything’s a cinch.” How can you assure yourself that you are inching closer towards where you would like to go if you don’t remind yourself of the end?

It’s probably not the first time you have heard about written goals, but the methods definitely work. Until you actually write down some of the things you would like to get down with your day, week, month etc, it’s just an idea in your head. Think about it: how many ideas have you had in your head in the past week? How many of these ideas actually translated into actions? I once had a friend who typed out his goals at the beginning of each school term and then taped them to the ceiling above his pillow. Every time I went to his room the goals were there in all their glory. I started copying that strategy as well, but I took it one step further. I started writing my goals almost every day.  I got this insight from Brian Tracy where he mentions that

less than 3% of people adults have written goals and plans that they work on every single day. When you sit down and write out your goals, you move yourself into the top 3% of people in our society and this will translate into results.

Truth be told, this was the way I figured I would know if my actions where getting me closer to my goals or taking me farther away from them.

No one cares more about your goals than you do. Even if there were people who did, no one is going to work harder than you because in the end you are the one who wants and needs it the most. Take a moment today to remind yourself of what you want to do with your life and think about how you will get there.

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