God’s simple formula for achieving any goal…

bigstock-Harvest-kid-vegetables-26668151Do you have big, audacious and perhaps seemingly impossible dreams?  Do you have a secret desire to achieve a certain goal in your personal or professional life?

Almost everyone carries one or more ‘desires of the heart’ within them that they hope to see realized someday.  Very few people however, proceed to actually writing down their dreams and fashioning a plan to make them a reality.  In fact, according to a study conducted at Harvard Business School, this represents only 3% of the population!

As you go through your daily routine, how much time do YOU actually invest in cultivating your dream?

Some of us dream ‘occasionally’ when something in our environment reminds us that we are (still) not where we want to be in life.  Others may spend more time visualizing their dreams, yet without active pursuit.

Try this simple exercise to see how you are tracking toward your goals:  take a piece of paper and create three columns.  In the first column, list your top 10 wants, desires, goals.  In the second column, note how recently you took an active step (no matter how small) toward the achievement of your goal.  In the third column, note the main reason you feel has kept you from making progress (i.e. finances, workload, family issues). 

GoalLast Action TakenGreatest Obstacle
Write Novel2 months agoFamily interrupts during writing time.
Start Online BusinessNoneNot sure where to start.
Lose Weight3 days agoNo time to work out.

Yogi Berra said:  “If you don’t know where you’re going you might wind up somewhere else”, but wouldn’t you also agree that “if you don’t go at all, you wind up where you have always been?”

Herein lays the secret to achieving your goals!  In order to see your dreams come true, you must cultivate them with consistency, much like you would nurture a seed after it has been planted.  Think about it – you wouldn’t just stick a seed in barren ground, walk away and expect a beautiful apple tree to sprout forth, would you?

No, you would instead carefully prepare the ground by removing rocks and sifting the dirt.  Next you would select the best variety of apple seed, plant it, water it, and nurture it again and again with water, sun, and fertilizer until you are able to enjoy the fruit of your labor.  You would also be careful not to let any weeds (aka obstacles) choke out your seedling.

Realizing your dreams works surprisingly similar.  You decide what kind of fruit you wish to harvest (your goal) and then set out to prepare yourself and your environment to support the implementation of your goal.  Each step is equally important and must not be neglected – we can neither short-cut the preparation nor can we rush the growth process or expect a bountiful harvest without properly nuturing our efforts.

Consider 2 Corinthians 9:6: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

The key to staying motivated and experiencing progress on your journey toward the achievement of your dream is to break down your goals into smaller milestones.  Remember our seed analogy:

…Prepare, Sow, Water, Feed, Weed, Grow, Harvest, Repeat!

Let’s imagine for a moment that your dream is to become a professional golfer.  You wouldn’t just sign up for a national championship, play without preparation, loose and then give up your dream…right?  Instead, you would make a plan to continually improve your game!

This may consist of setting mini goals like researching and selecting the perfect golf course for practice, scheduling your sessions in advance, studying golfing techniques, and networking with those who have already achieved the skill level you wish to attain in order to get their advice and support.

Most importantly, no matter what your goal is, you would keep your eyes on the prize at all times and actively nurture your dream by celebrating your achievements along the way.  You must diligently practice holding the vision God has given you for your life.  Develop the faith and confidence to see yourself as having already attained your dream and before you know it, you will!

If your big dream involves starting your own business, I invite you to schedule a complimentary business strategy session with me.  Let’s explore together what it will take to launch or grow your goal of successful entrepreneurship!

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