Many may have read my earlier article published on July 28th giving tips about how you find your life of purpose. Once you know what your purpose is, it is difficult to stay on track. Life can be full of challenges, road blocks, and frustrations. It is always easier to go back to the life we were Y2mate comfortable with rather than forge ahead into unknown territory, which can bring fear, stress and uncertainty. Have you reached the point of no return? Have you reached the place where you don’t want to go back because the prospect of returning to your old comfort zone frightens you more than the unknown ahead of you? If you have reached this point, congratulations! You deserve a pat on the back because you have made it over the first hurdle.
Now the road can get even rockier and you must be dedicated to your purpose. If something is worth doing then no amount of effort will ever be enough before you quit. One of my daily affirmations reads, “I am driving towards new achievements each day because long-term success is my only option.” I encourage you to create a daily discipline that will progress you along the road to success.
Many of these disciplines I learned along the way through years as an athlete, through books, and workshops. They are what work for me at this moment.Set Goals. I learned this when I played national level tennis as a junior. Tennis affords you a set structure where you know what it takes to earn a certain level of success. If your current path has a set structure, create your goals to reach the level you
dream about. If your path is a new venture or one with less structure, setting goals may be difficult but still necessary. Remember that goals are a work in progress. Write down short-term goals that you want to accomplish in the next month, six months and year and then write down long-term goals. You can and should continually revise these goals. Some you may accomplish immediately; some may change as your vision changes. That is alright. The important idea is that you have goals that you are continually working towards achieving.
Daily Affirmations. These can be tough to write if you have never done this before. Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, is a big believer in affirmations. Many other highly successful people also practice daily affirmations. Affirmations are based on your goals but they are written in the present tense. In other words, they are written as if they have already happened. For example, if my goal a year from now is to earn $100,000 even though right now I am only earning $50,000, I might write, “The Universe offers an infinite amount of money. I am easily earning, saving and investing $100,000 or more per year.” When I say this daily, I create a mindset that it has already happened and my actions show this as well.
Success is my only option! Notice the language of this emphatic statement. It is positive and focuses on what I want, not what I don’t want. I often hear, “Failure is not an option.” Stating that is great but the negative statement actually gets your thoughts on failure. Your mind is attracted to failure and not success. Pay attention to your thoughts and your words – always try to speak and write in positive, affirming language.