No one can give you the life you desire. Only you must take it by force.
A phrase above struck my mind for a while, I was reflecting my years of existence and days I am running after. It was the end of the year 2018. I realized some excellent errors I made throughout a couple of years back.
I had dreams, goals, and plans. But the result I desire to see is not what I have realized. Probably this is someone’s case. I managed to figure out the root of erring.
Deep down, I thought things will just fall into place, everything I imagined will come to me, in a matter of time. This kind of thinking does not produce notable achievements, and when I say notable I do not compare to what others have done, but to what I should have done. It is not enough to have goals, or even what we call SMART goals. The question is before you set a goal are you setting a goal to reach your desired future or just because everyone else has a goal like that?. In the end, everything you set as a goal must have a meaning to your life.
“Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” In 1979, interviewers asked new graduates from the Harvard’s MBA Program and found that :
- 84% had no specific goals at all
- 13% had goals but they were not committed to paper
- 3% had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them
A Harvard Business Study found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation.
There is something special about writing your conviction, your desire which is calculated to a plan. it reminds you of where you are going but mostly it makes the so-called ‘ imagination’ be real to you before it is real to anyone else.
It seems we were all born with the life we wanted to live
Since we live after our imagination. Every child has this image of who He /She wants to become. But even some adults have the imagination of where they want to be. Dr. Myles Munroe said your future is not ahead of you, your future is trapped inside of you. Just like seeds for them to produce, grow, flourish there are certain principles to be observed otherwise the plant will have stunted growth over the years of it’s existence or it will eventually die. You see, the forest is trapped inside a seed. This is the same to the life we have, if you do not do something with it, its boring, It’s like it is rejecting you but the truth is there are principles we are skipping somewhere. When you refuse or fear to live after your imagination. You are not yet living. You must be willing to pay what it takes to be there. Otherwise, you will only end up in imagination stage. It will be like watching a TV series. It will never be a reality to you.
Life is not limited to exchanging carbon_dioxide with oxygen. Imagine if you are living but you have never done anything that you wished or desired to do. Useless is someone who cannot bring his /her imagination into reality, Even employers are looking for someone who can think and bring ideas into reality. The great inventions and innovations in the world started here, they used whatever set principles to bring their ideas into reality. As an inventor, Thomas Edison made 10,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
Have you ever wondered why do people say life is hard? This proves they are not talking about oxygen or carbon dioxide.
They say life is hard because they gave up or they are tired enough to think or even ask what set of principles are missing in their daily life. What if Thomas Edison said life is hard and stopped trying to invent the bulb? They are tired to try one more time. They are too lazy to observe other disciplines life demands. Here is a challenge for you, identify where you want to be, and find the disciplines and laws that you must observe to get there.
Go forth and conquer.