Are You Willing?

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I guess like most people you’ve set yourself some goals for this year and you will probably do the same for next year. Have you achieved any of them? If not, why not?

Let’s face it, setting a goal is the easy part; doing it is another. I work with many young start-ups, and most of them know very well what they want, and some are even able to explain why they want it. They put it all on paper, either as words or even drawings and they all love looking at it and bath themselves in that feeling of having it already.

But they don’t have it yet, and it’s going to be a pretty rough ride to get there. Over the last years I started to change my coaching tactic and instead of talking about goals all the time we tackle first the question:

Are you willing to walk the path?

Becoming financially independent or even a millionaire requires a lot of hard work. Many long hours spent and very little to no holiday for the first few years. Once I start talking about this most stop talking, and some even reconsider their goals as the price seems quite high.

I’ve been doing this for many years now, and I found:

The ones who make it are the ones who enjoy getting there

Their motivation isn’t based on the end goal but on walking the path. This doesn’t mean they enjoy every minute, but it means they’re willing to do it, whatever happens.

This extends to all areas of life, not just business.

Let’s say you want to learn a language. We all know it takes time and lots of practice to be reasonably fluent. Based on stats it takes about 2-3 years of daily practice and lessons to get anywhere near having a proper conversation. Are you willing to put the effort into it?

If you want to lose weight, you’ll have to make some changes to your lifestyle. You’ll have to change your food habits and most likely do some sport to make it happen.

Are you willing to do this for the next few years? And yes, we’re talking about years here until it becomes part of you and you don’t need to think about it anymore. Are you?

My advice to anyone who is seriously setting goals and wants to achieve them, check out the path you will need to walk to get there. Look at others who’ve done it and see how long it took them. You can learn a lot.

Think about it like school, university or an apprenticeship. If you want your degree, you’ll have to invest time and put in the effort to get there. Don’t think just because you finished school it will all just fly to you!

The only people ever reaching their goals are the ones who walk the path.

This is valid for any goal you might have.

The only real question is: Are you going to have fun getting there?
The ones who have fun don’t care how far away the goal is, and they enjoy being on their way.

If you’re willing to walk the path and if you’re doing it in a way that you enjoy it, you’ll get there. Whatever your goal is.

Are you going to achieve your next goal?

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium. He is teaching and supporting entrepreneurs in the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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