Any goal has three important success factors.
- Clarity of the goal itself
- A deadline
- And clarity of the resources needed to achieve the goal by the deadline.
I’d like to think that I’ve faced more challenges than most of the people who I meet. Mainly because I’ve made more mistakes. Maybe it’s an ego thing. Or maybe I was just plain stupid.
Or maybe the universe always had a bigger plan for me. Which was to give me experiences I could use to help others.
Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher
– Japanese Proverb
Either way, at some point the question is asked.
How do you stay focused on the goal when you can’t even cover your survival costs?
What keeps you going?
What keeps you optimistic?
How can you be so certain you will eventually achieve everything you’ve ever dreamed about, desired, wanted?
And how do you stop thinking you’ll just be another cautionary tale in a book of statistics?
To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.
-George Bernard Shaw
Simple. Success is a science. Every aspect of it is measurable. Overwhelm occurs when you don’t know the steps. When all you have is a vague something. When you haven’t broken down the goal into definitive actions.
When you haven’t considered the resources required.
It’s not difficult to see that there’s a vast number of people all seeking a better quality of life and financial independance.
There’s also no lack of guru’s, ebooks, courses and dvd’s offering to deliver on this promise.
From forex, to internet businesses, to property.
All offering strategies, tactics, or critical insights.
But rarely does anyone offer a breakdown of here’s what you’ll need to implement this. The starting capital you’ll need. Or the number of hours you’ll need. In short, the resources to apply it. To be able to use it.
And that’s a problem. A problem because it can lead to a false belief that somehow other people made this strategy work because they’re smarter. Or more deserving. Or even just plain lucky.
If you don’t know what you don’t know. (And especially if someone has set a specific frame around what they then describe. – I’ll talk more about how powerful frames are in influencing and directing someones focus in a future post-)…
…then it’s easy to miss a vital piece of the success jigsaw.
A missing piece which leads someone to conclude that those who are successful are somehow different. And typically different in a way which can only be explained with magic, fairies at the bottom of the garden or witchcraft.
Stuff the average person just doesn’t have access to.
None of which necessarily stops someone from striving. Or struggling under the guise of striving. They may continue to live in hope. Maybe they think if they try hard enough the magic will one day reach them. Who knows.
But it can stop them from following the right path to success.
The reality is you stay focused and grow your certainty: your faith if you like, by breaking down the goal into a map.
A map which highlights resources you will need.
And if you don’t have them, then at least you now have clarity around the problem you need to solve…
…getting the money. Finding the time. Hiring the skills.
Yes, create a dream board.
Yes, focus on it…
…but also start breaking it down logically.
As an example a business plan template may not survive the first contact with a customer, BUT it does force you to answer some key questions.
Questions which force you to gain a degree of clarity.
Especially, if done well, clarity around the funds you’ll need to launch your new business.
When I see anyone asking for ideas on marketing on a shoestring, it says three thing to me.
Ignorance. Lack of clarity. And fear.
Fear of loss. Lack of knowledge. And a huge lack of a realistic, structured, useful MAP.
I don’t know if the devil is in the details. But I do know that success certainly is.
So get busy. And get a map.
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