People with dreams and goals succeed primarily because of these four things:
In life, you must determine what winning means to you — you must define your success and you also have to determine what it will take to get there.
A triathlon participant has to know where the finish line is and the path to get there to win the race. They must develop a winning strategy that includes proper training including running, biking and swimming, nutrition, hydration, pace setting and overcoming race-day obstacles. They see themselves winning!
Golfers must know where they need to score on each hole to finish in first place. They see the ball going where they want it to go. They play hundreds of rounds with many different coaches, to perfect their skillsets, before being able to play in a Professional Golf Tournament.
Students who want to become doctors have to know the goal, before they can enroll, navigate around their classes, course materials, grants, student loans, housing, tuition, anticipating their future life as an intern before they can become a Doctor. They all set a goal, map out the details of that goal, learn, practice and see themselves accomplishing that goal with confidence.
The same is true for you. You must know where you want to go and have a plan or strategy and confidence to get what you set out for. Otherwise, you could end up almost anywhere or nowhere.
The challenge for each of us is defining our goals. The New Year is a perfect time to redefine your goals and your life. No one else can do it for you…not your Manager, your spouse or co-workers, you are unique and have your own set of goals to achieve this year. So have you done yours yet?
Knowing your destination makes the rest of the journey possible!