3d small people - alarm clockThe challenge of timing.  If you are waiting for the perfect time to start your goal, it probably will never happen.  Don’t get me wrong, timing is important; but finding the perfect time is rare.  There is always going to be a challenge whenever you start; it is likely the reason you have the goal in the first place!  The key is to get started and make progress.  Starting off with a bang is not as important as making consistent progress.  As you make progress, you can always add to what you are doing to reach your goal.  Stay encouraged and don’t give up!  You may need to put your goal or dream on pause, but you don’t have to abandon it.  One thing I know for sure:  if you quit, you definitely won’t reach your goal You’re on the clock!

hqdefaultI recently had an opportunity to speak to the Y Achievers at the Walzem YMCA in San Antonio, TX.  I spoke on how academics and athletics can complement each other & can help you be the best you can be.  We discuss the realities of athletics compared to the value of academics.  The kids were awesome!  Click here to view.

success

We are all aware of the ease of making a goal compared to the challenge of actually sticking with it.  Our goals should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress.  Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal.   We have a much greater likelihood of sticking with our goals if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal.  Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals.  To be successful, we must consistently make progress.  Success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time.  Achieving success is a process and not an event!

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Success is a process, not an event.  Here are 5 steps to help us achieve success:

  1. Make a commitment to yourself. It has to become a part of you. You can:
  • Write your goal down.
  • Make a poster or screensaver of the goal.
  • Set a daily reminder on your phone of your goal.
  1. A support system of like-minded, POSITIVE people (see Iron Sharpens Iron).
  2. Focus on behaviors that support your goal, not the actual goal itself. Behaviors that support the goal will lead to fulfilling the goal.
  3. Be flexible. The timing and tools you have may not be ideal, but they are usually enough to get you moving in the right direction.
  4. Be resilient. Distractions and disappointments will come.  Take time to reflect upon them, but do not dwell on them.  Get back on track!

well rounded

 

Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a student about his future plans.  The young man shared how he desires to be a professional athlete yet, isn’t on any of our teams (junior varsity, varsity) for that particular sport.  In his favor, he is an underclassman.  Of course, I asked about other interests; he answered that he is only interested in being an athlete.  He felt that having an alternative equated to doubt and that is why some youth don’t achieve such lofty goals as becoming a professional athlete or musician.

I told him I agree you must have faith in yourself in achieving your dreams; however, this must be balanced out with knowledge of what it will take to achieve that dream. Understanding the challenges can help in making good decisions in the process of achieving goals. I explained to him how every professional athlete, even benchwarmers and journeymen, was probably a star on their team in high school or college.  Developing a goal or interest outside of his goal of being a professional athlete won’t detract from it; it can actually enhance it.  The same holds true for adult life; expanding our knowledge is beneficial and increases our value to ourselves and others.