Reaching Goals

There is no easier person to fool than yourself. At times, we can be our own worst enemy. We come up with many reasons why we can’t do something, and we too easily accept the obstacles we put in our way. But in a world full of excuses, doubts, and hesitations, you can be different. You can choose not to make your own excuses. You can have or be what you want if you are willing to do it. You can say, “yes” when everyone says, “no chance.”

To go where you want to go, you first must choose what to get rid of. Elimination helps you focus on what you want. It gets rid of the clutter that disrupts your vision. Since chasing two rabbits is a sure way to catch neither, it is best to go after one. So, what is the one thing you want? Is it to read more, to lose weight, to think better? No matter what you want, getting closer to it starts by getting rid of things in the way. What you say “no” to is far more important than what you say “yes” to. Start by getting rid of things.

All goals require certain things from you. Yes, there are multiple roads to the same destination, but that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. Well, you can, but don’t expect good results when you follow your feelings and ignore proven paths. Losing weight might mean you need to avoid eating or drinking certain things. You can’t lay on the couch eating whatever you want and expect to lose weight; it doesn’t work that way. If you want to read more, you have to make time to read. You can’t hope to read more but spend all your free time watching TV and be upset with the reading you didn’t do. Books won’t read themselves. Your choices must support your goals, and there are certain things you’ll need to do. Instead of hoping for things to happen, you need to get started and do them.

We all have different goals and dreams. It isn’t what we want that matters, it’s what we do. What matters is how committed we are and how hard we are willing to work. Dreams don’t matter without a firm commitment at all times. Unless you commit to it, you’ll never get it. All it takes is your work and focus. That sounds easy, but it isn’t. 

If you want to become something, you need to act that way first. Instead of telling yourself all the reasons you can’t do something, start finding any reason you can. There is always something you can do to get you closer to what you want. A healthy body starts with deliberate actions. There will be days you don’t feel like exercising or eating healthy food, but that doesn’t matter. Those are the days where you must make the right choice despite how you feel. Oftentimes, feelings get you in trouble. Giving in to your feelings on those days means a setback. And you can’t afford many setbacks and redos on the way to your goal. You must be committed no matter the circumstance.

Achieving a goal depends on how committed you are to it. You have to commit to it to get it. And that means it is up to you to choose to act towards it every day, in every thing you do. Reaching a goal depends on how hard you work and how dedicated you are, not your talent level or what others tell you that you can do. We all can choose to work hard and stay committed. So be careful of the excuses you tell yourself and don’t let anyone or anything stop you. You can do it, you just have to choose it every day.

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