The difference between people who are living their dream life and those who are stuck in a rut waiting for change to just happen is very simple: successful people set goals – and furthermore, they achieve them!
Why does this work out so well for some of us and not for others? Do successful people know some kind of secret that helps them fulfill their life goals? How can the rest of us get in on this act?
The secret lies in a simple formula:
PASSION + DISCIPLINE = RESULTS
Let’s look at the first variable in this equation: Passion. What exactly is passion? We usually think of passion as that powerful, mysterious and magnetic force that makes people fall in love with other people. But isn’t it also true that this same force can make people fall in love with things, places, projects, dreams and goals as well?
Passion is the force that propels everything in life, and that is why it’s so important to recognize your true Passion and use it as the seed from which to grow your dream life. If you set goals that respond to your personal Passion and desires, your goals will inspire you to move forward. If you set goals based on what you think others expect of you, it will become very difficult for you to muster up the Discipline required to achieve the goal.
What exactly is Discipline? Dictionary.com defines Discipline as: activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training. So how do you remain motivated enough to stick to this activity or regimen long enough to successfully achieve your goal?
What’s really going to keep you disciplined is the Passion, or desire, to achieve your goal, but this Passion needs to be rekindled every so often, in order for you to really feel the excitement, energy and motivation to stick to the Discipline. The secret to keeping this Passion alive is to constantly remind yourself of why you want to achieve this particular goal.
For example, let’s say your goal is to quit smoking. It’s not enough to want to do it just because it will make you feel healthier. You can fuel the Passion for quitting by taking the time to write down all the reasons why you want to quit, and posting them around your home or office as gentle reminders. You may write: Smoking makes my breath smell bad; I don’t want to support evil Tobacco companies; I don’t want my clothes to smell bad; Smoking makes my skin more wrinkled, etc.
With this kind of daily motivation, it’s much easier for you to stay focused on the Passion and in turn, to muster up daily Discipline. Also, one slip doesn’t mean that your entire Passion is gone and that the goal is totally out of your reach. Simple motivational messages will help you get back on track by reconnecting your thoughts with the original Passion that made you set your goal in the first place.