In an interview, Tony Robbins hit the nail on the head with the comment: “Any real goal requires action, determination and resolution, no matter what!”
It just isn’t enough to have an idea or some dream in the back of your head if you’re not committed to it.
How often have you thought about doing something and never actually done it?
Let that thought sink in for a moment before you start coming up with all the excuses why you didn’t go for it.
And, how would your life be different today if you had gone for it?
No regrets – just positive actions
There is no point in regretting the things you haven’t done. Instead, think about what you will do next.
The most important part is in the action you’re going take to achieve your goal. Both, the action and the goal are equally important. But let me explain why the pursuit (action) of your goal is probably the most crucial part of this equation.
When you start being committed to your chosen path and take action, several things are happening:
• You learn new things
• You start trusting yourself because you’re doing it
• You gather experience
• You generate more energy
All of this you will get without even achieving your goal. And that alone is worth all the effort.
Actions speak louder than goals
From this perspective, the action is what you gain, and the goal is just the direction. In essence, the action is more valuable than the goal.
It also explains why most lottery winners are back where they started from after only a few years of spending all their money. They reached the goal, but never put action into it. They were missing the core part of the equation.
That is also the reason why so many never go anywhere. All they dream about is the result but never take any pleasure in the action to get them there. It is like going on a roller coaster, coming out feeling dizzy without remembering the ride. What is the point in that? The ride is what makes the whole thing so amazing. Most people can’t wait to get on it again.
You can translate this into all areas of life. The action is what makes the result so valuable. It always is!
What should you do if you don’t enjoy the action but still want the result?
Let’s face it, who likes to work 10 to 14 hours every day?
Value makes all the difference
The best way I found to look at it is by adding the value factor to the equation. The more work you put into it, the more valuable the result will be. This is true in all areas of life, and I am sure we all know that.
But sometimes the real reason we don’t want to get into gear and start the action is that we are not clear about our goal. We don’t know if that is what we want. It is like a vicious circle. We have these lofty ideas, and we can’t see ourselves in it. It sounds great and everybody thinks it’s great, but we can’t connect to it.
So what do you do?
If you can’t connect to your goals than this is based on the goal not being specific enough or too far away to see it. Make sure your goal is something you want and not something you don’t want. It is almost impossible to see yourself not doing something. Not doing something doesn’t change anything. No action is required, and therefore it isn’t a goal.
My first tip would be to reduce the goal to something you can visualise. This might mean that you need to look at something smaller. Instead of buying the house, take action towards a holiday first. This will give you the chance to learn more and trust yourself more. Now the house becomes easier to see and stronger as a drive.
On the other side having a goal like “somewhere to live” is not specific enough as it is hard to imagine. Instead, try to be more specific. If you can’t do that put it on a list for later and choose something else that is easier and more to the point.
Once you’ve decided on your goal, you will need to give this goal some real value, your value. And this is done through the action you put into it. Trying to make it easy will just reduce the value, but going full tilt into it and being 100 per cent committed will give it the highest value possible.
Accept the challenge
Once you start trusting yourself more and your “I can do this” attitude grows, your goals might change and become bigger. The sky is the limit.
Look at it like this. You set out to become a top athlete and compete at the Olympics…but you’re currently completely out of shape. Let’s say you worked hard but in the end, you never make it to the Olympics. What will have changed in your life?
For one, you’re most likely in super shape now. You’ve learned a lot about yourself. You are alive, full of energy and a completely different person to when you started the journey. You can be proud of yourself. You’ve proven to yourself that you can do stuff and if it isn’t this year, it might be next time.
Whether you made it or not, your life will have changed and you will be a different person. You will be the best you can be.
And all of this, just because of the action you’ve taken and will take in the future.
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A goal + action towards it = a life worth living
Enjoy the ride 🙂