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“…The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people” – Randy Paush, The Last Lecture
(For those of you who love photography as much as I do, the photo I took for this week’s poster was taken yesterday (November 6th) in Leiden, Holland across the Pieterskerk church)
How Badly Do You Want To Achieve Your Goal?
The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
Randy Pausch’s words are one of my all-time favourite quotes. It resonates with me so much as I really, truly, believe you can achieve any of your goals if you put in the time and effort and stay motivated. Sometimes Monday mornings make everything seem impossible, but I find that looking to motivational speakers, authors and people who have achieved great feats in so little time keeps me inspired.
A recent example over the past few months has been my journey to starting this blog. I’ve attended webinars from a multitude of successful bloggers. Sometimes, it seems so overwhelming, when you think of all the components that go into being successful. Then I think: If they can do it, so can I. All I need to do is put in the time, put in the effort, and breathe.
Let me warn you though, if you don’t want it badly enough, it’s not going to happen. People often ask me how I stay so motivated. I find that part quite easy – I just think about how much I want the outcome. How much I want to stay in Europe. To become successful. To live a life I truly love.
I’ve heard again and again from many motivational speakers that focus is the key to achieving goals. I feel like the heading speaks for itself on this one. What can you do to avoid losing focus? Here are my tips:
- Write it down! – My Goal Setting Template is a great place to start. If you don’t have it already, grab it free at the end of this post.
- Take Small Steps – Breathe. I’ll be the first to tell you breathing is not my area of expertise. It has taken me a long time to be able to breathe and take things a little bit slower sometimes. Ask people who’ve known me for 10+ years; I’ve always been efficient, but I used to be a lot more stressed. Divide your task into little steps. Take them one at a time. Believe you will get there (trust me, with enough effort, you will!)
- Reward Yourself – Create a reward system for yourself for each time you complete a step. Maybe it’s a treat at your favourite cafe, a trip to your favourite place in the city, a well-deserved Sunday off. You decide!
Focus is really about visualizing, too, in my opinion. You have to be able to see your goal happening (take ALL the negative energy and negative thoughts out of there). Yes, being realistic is important. Goals need appropriate timelines, but you have to dream.
Randy Pausch’s Story
The Last Lecture is one of my all-time favourite books, and the first time I encountered this quote. Randy Pausch was a Carnegie Mellon Professor who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and told he had a few short months to live. His old website is here, if you’d like to take a peek. Determined to deliver his advice to his young children before he left, he wrote a book, his “last lecture” of lessons in life. At the time I read it the first time, I couldn’t believe that someone diagnosed with a year to live wouldn’t spiral into a deep depression and hate the world for the remainder of his life.
If you haven’t read his book, I truly recommend it. You can grab your copy from Amazon here. They always have the best deals (and the Kindle version!). If you’re in the UK or Europe, grab your copy here.
Remember to have a box of tissues by your side, though. I can almost guarantee that you’ll get teary-eyed. If Randy Pausch can manage to have such an impact on the world with a year to live, you can, too.
What are you goals for this week? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Wishing you a productive Monday and a lovely week!
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