Monday, July 5, 2010

Two Questions

1. What do you want?
Be specific. How much do you want to save? How much weight do you want to lose? Do you want to run a marathon? Maybe you’d like to go back to school. Okay, which school? What would you like to major in?

Be clear and be specific because you cannot get what you want until you know what you want. How will you know when you have reached your goal if you never clearly determine what that goal is? When you take a trip, you have to know your destination. Once you know it, you can look at the map and create a plan to get you there. If you jump in the car with no plan or no direction, you will have no idea where you will end up.
Again, find out exactly what it is that you want and then ask yourself the second question.

2. What are you willing to do to get what you want?
What are you willing to change, or stop doing or start doing to get what you want? Is it worth it to get up a little earlier or stay up a little later? Is it worth it to sacrifice several meals out each week so you can save a little more? Is it worth changing your schedule around so that you can make the time? Are you willing to make the financial investment?

To achieve a major goal, you have to be willing to make some changes (both major and minor). If you are not willing to change, don’t be surprised when things stay the same. The only sure way to ensure a different outcome is to take a different path. As you have heard before, insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.

Before you take on any new endeavor ask yourself these two questions and don’t think about starting until you can answer both of them clearly and with a strong conviction.

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