Every successful enterprise begins with intention. You intend on carrying out a vision. You intend on fulfilling a dream. You intend on bringing into reality a thought of your mind.
All the good intentions in the world are of no value unless they resurrect from your mind into the real world. However, intentions alone do not create success. You must connect your intent with your passion. It is your passion that moves your vision into reality.
A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and when set in motion, it is rather a passion than an action in it. – Locke
The story of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection has been zealously preserved. It is a pattern for success. Your vision is not alive until it goes through an internal crucifixion. Jesus’ crucifixion is referred to in theology as his PASSION.
The influence of Jesus’ teachings motivated enemies to cause his premature death. The effect of Christ’s suffering leading up to that death, however, empowered a resurrection of his teachings.
Your intentions will not find power until an external agent is forced upon them. That is why many success stories are born from adversity. The suffering, the denial, the betrayals, the failures all became motivation to make the concept real.
Do you feel like you can never accomplish your goals?
Are you being held back from practical achievements? Are you struggling with finishing what you start? Are you losing hope you can fulfil your dreams? Don’t lose hope – there is help!
It begins by knowing how to break-down your goal into mini-steps.
The secret to achieving goals is not rocket science. Its method is usually taught by life coaches and fee-paying workshops. They are ‘secret’ only because people do not take the time and energy to put the lessons into practice.
Accomplishing your goals takes more than just identifying them. There are further actions that must be thought through before building your dream career. Sometimes people rush into fulfilling their dream before understanding the “how” to make it a reality. In the words of Steven Covey, author of the classic self-help book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: “Always begin with the end in mind.”
The diagram above expands the Results section of the compass used in 56 Notions of Success workshops.
North is Action—formulate success to gain results
West is Results—action your goals for practical achievements.
To formulate the steps toward your goal, never neglect the value of ethics. It is not just about you; it is about achieving the maximum good for all those you touch. You must do the hard work of upholding the Golden Rule while preserving the Golden Mean.
Review your business plan to make sure the desired result is clearly identified.
Adjust your business plan to incorporate your core values in every aspect.
Now take each identified milestone and create a plan of action to reach each one.
Fully concentrate on one milestone at a time and focus on achieving just the milestone, instead of the overall end goal.
Focusing on achieving your overall plan one milestone at a time creates the habit of success. Your business plan will give you steps to achieve a goal. Your milestones, each with their own steps to achieve, are mini-goals. Mini-goals are how you create a habit of success.
Success is not becoming a superstar: that is Fame. Success is fulfilling and exceeding your personal goals.
Have you ever been really excited to start a project only to lose the enthusiasm? Is there something dampening the fire in your belly burning to reach a target? Are you wanting to give up seeing no reason to finish a task? Don’t lose hope—there is help!
It begins by focusing on the central purpose of any project.
How to keep motivated usually emphasizes focus on the end goal. Focusing is correct, but not on the end goal. The secret of those who enjoy “good” success is not usually taught.
You must focus on your intention to reach the goal, not the goal itself.
To achieve a goal at the expense of others is to lose, not win. To believe it is a win reveals a warfare mentality. The marketplace today requires a new paradigm: winning ethically! Ethics is—and always will be—at the heart of good success.
By definition, ethics is appropriate conduct. Your actions are always conducted in relation to society in general and your immediate contacts in particular. Living your life in a way to assist others brings happiness. It is not helping others to obtain happiness: that is egoism. It is offering hope selflessly without promoting selfish agendas.
We acknowledge that ethical success creates leaders. Leadership responsibilities need to be reflected in your business plan. Dream big with your plans and others will come along for the ride. You will attract clients, contacts, and colleagues to propel you to your goals. Take heed to the warning of Immanuel Kant, one of the central figures in modern philosophy:
So, we come to the crux of the matter: Goals. Your business plan, to become an effective road map, must have its destination clearly identified and marked. You need to answer four questions.
What results do you need to prove your achievement of your Goals?
What areas do you need to consider in order to have Goals of Value?
What things do need to keep motivated? Achievement of your goals don’t just happen; they are created. And lastly,
What actions do you need to take to reach your Goals?
There is a connection between diligence and prosperity. Prosperity is not measured by physical accomplishments but by inner character. Be sure your business plan reflects your life goals before calculating what is needed to do to accomplish them. Without thoughtful, planned commitment, your goals will remain as unaccomplished dreams