August 21, 2023

The Art of Achievement

By Beach Blossom Studio
The Art of Achievement

Ever wondered how some people seem to effortlessly attain everything they've ever dreamed of, while for many others, those dreams remain elusive? The gap between aspiration and actualization often boils down to our strategies in our thinking and actions. Thankfully, this disparity isn't solely determined by genetics or luck; rather, it's heavily influenced by the mental frameworks and approaches we adopt. So, if you're looking to bridge that gap and transform your dreams into a tangible reality, I am here to share some helpful tips. 

Understanding what is important to us

If a goal is in line with our values we get energy and motivation that lead us toward the goal. Most of us have experienced this type of energy and motivation at some time in our lives; maybe on Birthdays and Christmas as Children and as Adults buying a house, getting married or looking forward to a holiday in the sun. 

 The curious thing is how little we target the use of this behavior towards things that we want in life. It’s because we spend little time working on making our goals fit that we have such a high failure rate at achieving them. 

 I’m sure you’ve set New Year's resolutions. How many of those did you achieve? What was different, I wonder, between those that you did achieve and those that you didn’t? I suspect that for those that you did not achieve, beneath the reason for not doing so, the cost in terms of time, money or loss of something else was too high. 

 If we have a greater understanding of our values, craft our goals in line with them, and address some of the other key areas listed here, we are rewarded with the energy and motivation to make them happen – with ease. 

Optimise the use of our time

To truly optimize our use of time and direct it towards what we genuinely desire, a foundational step involves gaining a deeper understanding of our values and priorities. Once we've achieved this self-awareness, the next crucial step is to effectively differentiate between activities that are both important and urgent.

Regrettably, this strategic approach isn't a widely adopted practice. Many individuals find themselves constantly reacting to external demands and circumstances, often allowing tasks to accumulate until they become urgent. Instances of this reactive behavior can be observed in people who postpone paying their utility bills until the last possible moment or those who navigate the demands of a high-pressure boss or a disorganized workplace. These reactive habits can result in stress, missed opportunities, and a perpetual cycle of firefighting.

However, once the concept of distinguishing between importance and urgency is grasped, it becomes an easily mastered technique. This concept is a cornerstone of effective time management and is frequently included in time management programs. Understanding this concept within the broader context of achieving our goals amplifies its relevance and motivates individuals to both learn and apply it.

Start with what you have now, with the end in mind

Once you've not only established well-aligned goals but also fine-tuned your approach to time management, the next pivotal phase is taking that crucial first step towards your aspirations. Initiating your journey demands a mindful and strategic beginning, infused with the awareness of your goals and a pragmatic understanding of the resources at your disposal.

Embarking on your endeavor with a clear goal in mind is paramount. Visualize the destination you're striving for and internalize the steps needed to reach it. This mental groundwork serves as your compass, keeping you on track and helping you navigate through potential distractions and obstacles.

However, it's equally vital to approach this start with a dose of realism. Delusion—setting off without a pragmatic assessment of your current resources—can lead you astray. Enthusiasm is valuable, but without a firm grasp of where you currently stand, you might overestimate your immediate capabilities and the resources available. This can sow the seeds of disappointment as reality clashes with unrealistic expectations.

Delusion swiftly transforms into disappointment, which, if not addressed, germinates into frustration. This chain reaction is often responsible for the stagnation of progress. When what you anticipated doesn't match up with the reality you encounter, motivation wanes, and the drive to persevere can fade.

Remember, at the core of any pursuit, you have three finite resources: physical and mental energy, time, and money. Recognizing the limitations of these resources is crucial. Striking a balance between ambition and realism ensures that your efforts remain sustainable and aligned with the resources you currently possess.

Meeting challenges

No amount of planning is going to cater for every eventuality. Many people consider these unplanned events to be problems that prevent progress and give up at that point. People that achieve are not put off by these events and are more energised by the richness of the opportunities that are enveloped in these events.  With the right mindset the journey to achievement can be viewed as one opportunity after another to reinforce the ability to succeed. 

How we use our imaginations

All human beings are blessed with incredibly powerful imaginations. However many imagine outcomes of the future that are not going to be to their advantage. Imagining negative outcomes leads to worry, stress and fear and drains our energy and motivation. Imagining a positive outcome of the future releases more of the energy and motivation that we need to succeed at our goals.  Fortunately, the structure that we use in our minds is the same for both negative and positive imaginations. And with the right knowledge of how one can use the skill that generates fear into one that generates excitement and anticipation. 

Forming our goals well

When forming our goals it is essential that we consider a number of factors; a compelling view of how things will be when we have the goal is as important as a clear understanding of what we will lose when we have it. Many times the likely loss prevents us from achieving what we want because we have not adapted our thinking around the loss. A prime example of this is giving up smoking – many people fail to give up because having a cigarette provides them with a valuable 5-minute break. When the break is factored into the future along with the goal the chances of success are considerably increased.

Believing that it is possible that it is for us

Negative beliefs can be insidious barriers on the path to achievement. These beliefs, often rooted in doubt and self-limitation, can cast shadows over our aspirations, eroding our confidence and sabotaging our efforts. Overcoming these beliefs is pivotal to realizing our potential and turning our dreams into tangible reality. The good news is that our beliefs are not static; they can be transformed, empowering us to break free from the chains of self-doubt.

Final Thoughts 

By incorporating these insights and strategies, you empower yourself to rewrite the narrative of your life, converting dreams into tangible accomplishments and making your mark on the world.

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