Most people want to be more, do more, and achieve more in the year and decade to come. Makes perfect sense, right? The problem is that you focus on the wrong thing to make this all happen. This is how the let’s get healthy ends after the first 30 days of the year. Fitness gyms actually oversell their memberships since they already know a large percentage of people will never last past the 30 day mark.
When you focus on the achievements you want to have, maybe a salary increase, a new car, or maybe fit into your favorite dress or pants again, this is all based on external rewards.
Yet, there is a secret trick that the super successful and fulfilled know.
Achievement comes if you know the underlying reason why it is important to you, the relationships it will affect, or how it will make you feel better in the long run.
To achieve more, you have to grow as an individual first. Yes, read that sentence again. The internal work comes before the external rewards appear. The tree will never bear fruit unless you first plant the seed and then continue to nourish it.
Think about this.
Ten years ago, what was it like to be in your presence? How did you treat yourself? How did you treat others? How would someone else describe your demeanor then? What aspects of you have changed since 2010? Are you a different person now than you were then?
Take a moment and write this down.
Now, let’s dig deeper and put this all together.
Here’s an example to see how this plays out and break this down.
1) Achievement goal: Increase salary by $10k
2) Reason this is important: This will allow you to move into a more spacious home, giving each person in your home more space to relax every evening. Furthermore, this gives you a place to have downtime and not be distracted by others in your home. By having more peace of mind and space to unwind, you will be a more effective spouse, parent, and company employee. (Did you get this final part?)
3) Becoming Goal: Focused attention, Mindful of others, Bold action
Notice what this does. If you stay committed to BEING someone who is (1) Focused, (2) Mindful, and (3) Bold. The internal begets the external.
For this year’s goals, who must you become to achieve your goal?
Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!
Chief Energy Officer
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