9/06/2007

Are you willing?

What do you want your life to be like in the next 6 months, 5 years, 10 years?
Most of us have a picture in our minds of what we want our life to be. Many of us have even gone to the next step and have written our intentions. Great! You're half of the way there. Next you have to ask yourself honestly if you really want to achieve what you've just written down. So how do you know if you really want it?

Every goal that you have written down requires you to implement new behavior(s), or in some cases, stop your current behavior(s). You know exactly what those behaviors are. You also know exactly what you have to do today to change your direction and move towards your intentions. The question is are you willing?

So you want to become debt free. Great! Now you will have to live a lifestyle that is well below your means so you can allocate extra income to your balances. Nothing new..but are you willing? Are you willing to say no to buying lunches at work, or to the extra features that you had to have on your upgraded phone, or anything else you'll have to do to reach your goal?

Creating goals is a great thing. Writing them down is even better. Having the all important conversation with yourself about your level of commitment to your goal is perhaps the most important thing you can do to succeed. If you have made up your mind about your willingness to do exactly what it takes to see your goal through, you will be less likely to stop mid-stream because of the lack of commitment. When things get intense, you can go back and tell yourself that you knew this would likely happen and you agreed to endure because the goal is more important. You could even go as far as writing a contract with yourself listing all of the things that you are willing to do to reach your important goals and why your goals are so important to you. Keep that thing handy when times get hard. You know that you can do it, but will you?

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