4 Factors Needed to Achieve Your Goals

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We are all seeking to be successful at something, whether it be our work, health, relationships, or finances, to name a few.  Accomplishing our goals requires a certain mindset.  I have observed the following qualities in those who have achieved success:

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  1. Vision: Having a vision means identifying your purpose and understanding your ability to achieve the goal.  A vision sets the foundation for creating a plan to achieve your goal.  Your vision can always be referred back during the challenging moments that undoubtedly arise in pursuit of your goals to keep yourself on track.  Once you have a vision and plan in place, you will need…..
  1. Discipline: Discipline equals commitment.  Being committed will allow you to stay true to your vision and plan.  This commitment will encourage you to tune out negative self-talk and naysayers (haters).  On the flip side of that, discipline also allows you to at least hear people out; you never know where your insights may come from.  Something else to consider is that when you are trying to do great things, a lot of times you are going against the grain, so to speak.  For example, let’s say you are looking to start a business.  The majority of people are not business owners, so it may hard for you to find people to relate to what you are trying to accomplish.  People may be critical or unsupportive, which can be discouraging.  Accomplishing your goals is also a lengthy process.  This is where your discipline comes into play.
  1. Effort:  It is going to take work.  There may be a lot of trial and error involved.  There will be some sacrifices involved.  You will definitely devote a lot of mental and physical energy to reach your goal.  Efforts must be consistent.  Take weight loss for example.  The person who is seeking to lose weight is far more likely to be successful if they exercise 5 days a week for one hour compared to 1 day a week for 5 hours.  Consistent efforts will bring progress and/or may reveal how your plans need to be adjusted.
  1. Positivity: You must have a positive attitude.   Let’s face it, sometimes it is hard to be positive in the face of disappointments.  There is always the potential for things to go wrong.  However, a positive attitude will attract the energy and people you need to achieve your goals. You must believe that there will be positive results from all your efforts.  You have to believe that what you are doing is going to work in the long run.

Thank you for reading.  I wish you the best in your pursuits!

The Company You Keep…..

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A well known verse in the Bible (Proverbs 27:17) states “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Whether you are a believer or not, one cannot deny the power, meaning, and truth behind this verse. An iron blade is best shaped and sharpened with another tool made of iron; most substances do not have the strength or durability to modify iron.

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In applying this principle to our lives, it is important for us to surround ourselves with people who are likeminded. The iron in our lives can be those have similar goals and can provide genuine encouragement and support with honesty. If we expect to reach our potential, we must surround ourselves with others who are striving to meet their potential. Those people will relate to what we are going through and are likely to provide needed advice and encouragement. We typically seek to be successful in a number of areas which are interrelated: relationships, financial security, spiritual growth, and work, to name a few. Striving for success in these areas is a complicated and difficult process with many potholes, stops, and detours along the way.

No one achieves great success without the support of others.  We all need and depend on others to provide support in some form or fashion.  Support can be providing encouragement, advice, time, or financial support. The bottom line is that it is extremely important to surround ourselves with people who have similar visions and ideals like us.  There is mutual benefit when we do this. Embracing the meaning “iron sharpens iron” is key in reaching our goals!