Harmonizing who you are with what you want to accomplish is found when you embrace your biggest dreams. To live a balanced life, you cannot ignore your dreams. Part of being happy every day is possessing a passion to pursue goals that connect with your innermost desires. That is why true success is not being a superstar: it is found in fulfilling your dream.
Most people who fail in their dream fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment. – Zig Ziglar
I received testimony from a woman who talked about how she grew up learning to dance. She was more than a typical little girl dreaming of becoming a ballerina–she literally did! She danced as part of a National Royal Ballet troupe before realizing she had fulfilled her mother’s dream. What was hers? She set out on her own even moving to another country. There she became a Regional Director of her own Insurance Agency.
Don’t measure yourself by other’s standards. Don’t be ruled by colleagues, friends, or family’s ideas of what your success looks like. Don’t allow society, churches, clubs, or any other organization dictate what you should or should not do. Only you know the true picture. It lies within your heart.
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