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Once they've set a goal most people have some idea of how to accomplish it. If they don't, they have an idea of how to find out. You can find lots of books on how to eat a healthy diet or lose weight. You can join an organization that will help you do it. You can attend training seminars on how to be the top saleswoman in your company or how to teach children to read. But if you don't really want to achieve it, if you don't have a strong enough "why", you'll give up when the going gets tough. It's not willpower that you need, it's why power.
Here's an example; Let's say I offered you twenty dollars to walk across a balance beam laying on the floor. You'd probably give it a try. It'd be an easy $20. Now lets say I put the beam across two tall buildings to make a bridge. Would you do it? Too dangerous you say. Probably not. What if your child was in the opposite building which was on fire? Would you walk across to save her? Scary thought but I bet you'd say yes. See what a difference the "why power" makes?
Now let's rethink those goals. It's the power of why that is going to motivate you through the daily grind of accomplishing your goals. Lets face it. Whatever your goal is there are some aspects to it that are boring or difficult or intimidating. But you can do it and you can persist if you keep your "why" out in the forefront. This is why someone who wants to lose weight keeps a picture of a thin person on their refrigerator. This is why someone who is getting out of debt keeps a list of their creditors on the wall and marks them off as they are paid off. This is why someone who wants to run a marathon hangs out with other runners and develops a winning mentality. Now that you've written down your goals, spend some time thinking about why you want to achieve them. Develop a visual reminder to keep you focused. This could be a quote on your screen saver, a picture on the refrigerator or a vision board on your wall. Whatever it is, make sure you are clear on your "why power" and get ready for the journey ahead.
Have you established your goals for 2013? Do you know your "why power"? Do you have a way to keep this top of mind throughout your day? I'd love to hear from you!
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