What philosophy do you live by? Are you the type of person who sees the glass as half-full or half-empty?
If you don’t have a plan, you’ll have a more difficult time maneuvering through this journey in life. It pays off in the long run to make goals and follow them…but to also be flexible and open to change. If you’re not open to re-evaluating what went wrong and what’s going right, you won’t get very far.
It’s all about vision and where you think life should take you.
My vision begins with my faith in God. I know deep in my heart that what is said in Jeremiah 29:11-14, that He has a plan for my life to prosper and not to harm me…, is absolutely true and fires up my heart to believe in dreams. If God has a plan for me, where can I go wrong? One way I can go wrong is when I get off track with what He’s planned for me.
Now in your case, maybe you don’t find your vision and inspiration from God—but you find it somewhere else. In order to successfully live life on purpose, you NEED to find your vision source.
Next you need to write down your goals.
There are three types of goals—immediate, short-term and long-term. The immediate goals are for the near future, the next few months. What are you going to do immediately to get started living life on purpose? Short-term goals are goals for the next 1 – 3 years. These are a bit vaguer, but still have depth and purpose to keep you on track. The long-term goals are not as set in stone, because a lot can happen in five years and longer into the future.
Once you have you vision established and your goals written out, you must dig deep inside to find the determination to succeed.
Do you have an accountability partner? If you don’t, you should. This person should be someone who you trust and also someone who believes in you and your dreams. However, this person must also be able to honestly give opinions when needed and help keep you on track with completing your goals.
Keep educating yourself and don’t be afraid to learn. In this life, anything worth having, takes work and discipline. Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and have never had to work a day in your life, getting what you want is going to take hard work. For those who were born with everything…just think about the hard work your parents and grandparents had to do just to provide and give you the life you currently have.
Be flexible to change. Now this is not the easiest thing for me since I don’t like change…that’s not in my personality type. However, I’ve been learning that if I can’t adapt to the changing circumstances around me then I’m not going to succeed like I need to. When something doesn’t go as planned, you need to be able to react in the right way, which will propel you forward rather than backward into frustration.
Accomplishing goals and living the dream is possible, but you need to work hard and push through the obstacles that will come into your life.
If you don’t have the hard-core determination that you’ll need to succeed, then you might as well quit now—because getting to the other side and living in your dreams, takes guts to see the glory.