A limiting mindset can thwart a great goal but there are other things that could be keeping you stagnant. In order to be a successful goal getter, you must first believe wholeheartedly that you can achieve the goals you set for yourself and then put foot to pavement and go get your goals. If you’re stuck, you may want to make sure that the 5 myths below are not holding you back.
Myth #1: Be Realistic About Your Goals.
Wrong! You are only limited by your beliefs in yourself and your abilities. The saying the sky is the limit can be as true as you believe it to be. Don’t limit yourself. Be unrealistic, be bold and be radical about your goals. If your goal is to be the first person to walk on the moon wearing high heels while sipping wine, go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that your goal is impossible not even yourself. You can truly do whatever it is you first put your mind to and then follow it up with action.
Myth #2: Failure means the end of the road for your dream.
I’m glad Bill Gates didn’t let this thinking deter him, especially when his first startup, Traf-O-Data failed. Bill didn’t take that failure as a sign to hang it up and move on. He took that failure as a sign to try again and take what he learned the first time around to be more successful the second time. That thinking is what led him and his partner, Paul Allen, to create Microsoft. Don’t let failure or delay keep you from accomplishing your goals and living your dreams. Delay does not equal denial. Keep pushing, keep planning, keep working most and importantly keep goaling.
Myth #3: You don’t need to be specific about your goals, summarize.
How do you expect to be successful if you don’t even know what that success looks like? Or how you’re going to get there? How? How?
Since you haven’t answered I’ll do it for you, YOU WON’T! Get specific about your goals. Write down EXACTLY what you want and be detailed. Write down what it will look like, feel like, smell like, etc. You have to specify exactly what your goal is and why its important that you accomplish it. How will it make your life different? What steps, changes, and/or actions do you need to take to make it happen? Being specific will help you have clarity about what you want.
Myth #4: Setting goals doesn’t work, just wing it.
First of all, who raised you? If you fall into this category of thinking, punch yourself in your throat…go ahead…I’ll wait. Really, who raised you? I’m just serious.
Seriously, don’t let this be you…please! We’ve all heard the saying” if you fail to plan then you plan to fail” and if you haven’t before today…you’re welcome.
Just winging it will have you just going through life without a clue as to where you’re going or why you’re headed there. Just winging it will have you helping somebody else live their dreams while you’re just surviving. Just winging it will have you looking in the mirror at 50 trying to figure out what happened to all of those hopes and dreams you had at 20, 30 or 40. If you want to experience extraordinary growth, life and success, get extra motivated to set goals so that you have a road map on those extraordinary things that are going to happen in your life. Even if it doesn’t go exactly as planned, you’ll still get to your destination with a map.
Myth #5: You don’t have to write your goals down, just keep it all in your head, you got this.
#POW That was from me to you because if you think you won’t need to write your goals down, you need a pow, pow upside your head. Please! Please! WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN! Be intentional about your goals and the first action step is to start writing. No excuses, just do it. I don’t care if you write chicken scratch, you’re the one who will be reading it and you should be able to read your chicken scratch. You need to be able to have your goals visible to you and also be able to reference and check off the action steps and ultimately your completed goal. Seeing all of the steps you’ve completed not only gives you a visual of your accomplishments but it also sparks the motivation you need to keep pushing when times get hard.
Did any of these myths sound familiar to you? Have you been letting any of these beliefs hold you back? If so, it’s okay. There’s no better time to start new thinking like the present. Now that you know that these are myths, do different. Believe in yourself and your goals. Don’t limit yourself to only dream up to the ceiling, dream beyond the sky. Be specific about your goals and your dreams. Be so specific that you can taste, touch it, see it. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not an overnight success. Lastly and most importantly, WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!
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