Monday, October 17, 2016

The Key Ingredient That Makes Achieving All of Your Goals Possible

While reflecting on the progress of my goals, I realized that I wasn't making progress in several areas. Then I thought back to a time where I seemed to easily achieve my intentions. I wondered what the difference between then and now.   After contemplating for a while, the answer became clear.

The differentiating factor between then and now was simple.  I easily achieved all of the goals that I developed an obsession with.
Sometimes I have an idea and I bounce it around for a little bit, then it fades into the darkness. Other times, the idea takes over and I can barely operate like a normal human being.  The right term to describe what happens is that I become utterly obsessed.  And when that happens, I don't rest until my intention becomes real.

    • : a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently
    • : someone or something that a person thinks about constantly or frequently
    • : an activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing
Obsession allows us the opportunity to place a high level of focus and intensity behind your goals.  If you aren't able to focus on your goals for long periods of time, they can't happen.  A healthy level of obsession causes you to stay on course despite the multitude of distractions that will come your way.

When I'm obsessed with achieving something it's like I have an internal force pulling me from within. Not unlike the sea turtle who instinctively treks to the beach to lay hundreds of eggs.  Working on my goals feels instinctual.  Like this is what I'm supposed to be doing.  When the feeling of obsession isn't there, working on my goal can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.

The million dollar question is how I can recreate the feeling of obsession with everything I do?

According to the definition above, being obsessed means that we're constantly thinking about our obsession.  I gotta admit, there are some goals that I barely think about.  I can go a whole day (or week) and not take any action related to my goals.  If I was honest with myself, I behaved more like someone who was uninterested than someone who was obsessed.

In the past, when I was obsessed with something, one of the first things I did in morning was immerse myself in it.  I'd go online and watch videos of people who had what I wanted.  I read articles on how to achieve it.  I basically surround myself in my future vision.  I thought about it day and night. The more I immersed myself on a daily basis, the more progress I made.  Now I understand why success books urge us to write our goals down every day.  The simple act reminds us to start our day with our goals fresh in our minds.

Thinking about an outcome is one thing, but dedicating a ton of time to it is life changing.

Time is your greatest asset when it comes to reaching your goals.  The reason why we don't have what we want is because we aren't putting enough time to it.  Plain and simple.

Most of us allow non-essential activities to take up too much of our time.  If you have a goal that you actually want to reach, be diligent about how you allocate your time.  Your time is all you have.  And your time will give you all that you want.  

Obsession can sometimes be viewed in a negative way.  That's cause we might be obsessing over the wrong thing.    Instead of being obsessed with a television show or a celebrity, transfer that energy into something real that can alter the quality of your life.

You deserve it.

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