The Science of Success
Get you ever pondered why some people have all they desire while others have only dreams? Here are some suggestions for making your goals a reality. Fortunately, it isn't a matter of heredity or chance; instead, it results from the cognitive techniques we employ.
- Recognizing what is most essential to us
When we set a goal that aligns with our values, we get the energy and motivation to achieve it. Most of us have had this type of excitement and motivation at some point in our lives, whether as children celebrating birthdays and Christmas or as adults purchasing a home, getting married, or planning a vacation in the sun.
The strange thing is how seldom we use this behavior to achieve the things we desire in life. We have such a high failure rate at accomplishing our goals because we spend so little time working on making them fit.
I'm sure you've made some resolutions for the New Year. How many of those were you able to complete? What was the difference between those you did achieve and those you didn't, I wonder? I think that the cost of time, money, or loss of something else was too high for those you did not achieve.
We are rewarded with the energy and motivation to make things happen – with ease – if we better grasp our values, construct our goals in line with them, and address some of the other critical areas indicated above.
- Make the best use of our time
To spend our time more effectively on and toward what we desire, we must first understand what is essential to us and then discern between important and urgent activities.
This is not, in my experience, an often-used strategy; far too many individuals respond, reacting to activities that are required of them or are left to the point of becoming urgent. For example, putting off paying your utility bills till the last minute or working for a demanding employer or in a hectic environment are both examples of this. This crucial time management method is simple to master once you've grasped it, and it's widely taught in time management programs. Understanding it in the context of tremendous achievement makes it all the more relevant to learning and applying.
- Begin with what you have right now, keeping the end in mind.
It will help get started now that you've set goals aligned with your values and optimized your time. It's critical to get started with the end objective in mind and a realistic assessment of the resources available right now. Delusion is the result of setting out without a clear understanding of the current circumstances. And delusion quickly comes to disappointment, which turns to frustration and eventually to little or no progress. We only have three resources at the end of the day: physical and mental energy, time, and money. We must figure out how to make the most of these resources.
- Overcoming obstacles
No amount of planning can account for every contingency. Many people regard these unplanned events as obstacles to growth, and they give up at that moment. People who succeed are not deterred by these events but instead energized by the wealth of opportunities these events provide. With the correct perspective, the road to success can be seen as a series of opportunities to reinforce one's potential to succeed.
- How do we make use of our imaginations?
Every human being is endowed with a tremendously powerful mind. Many people, however, envision future scenarios that are not in their favor. Worry, tension, and anxiety are all caused by imagining bad outcomes, and they sap our energy and motivation. Imagining a happy future development provides us with more incredible energy and motivation to achieve our objectives. Thankfully, the structure we employ in our thoughts for both pessimistic and optimistic fantasies is the same. And with the correct knowledge, one may turn a fear-inducing talent into one that inspires enthusiasm and anticipation.
- Clearly defining our objectives
While developing our goals, we must evaluate various aspects; a compelling vision of how things will be once we achieve the goal is just as vital as a clear awareness of what we will lose once we reach it. We are often unable to achieve our dreams because we have not adjusted our thinking to account for the loss. Giving up smoking is a good illustration: many people fail to quit since a cigarette gives them a beneficial 5-minute break. When the gap is taken into account alongside the goal in the future, the chances of success skyrocket.
- Believing that we can succeed
Many people have doubts about whether the objective is attainable if they will ever reach it, even if it is true. It's critical to conquering these notions, or else sabotage will occur. Fortunately, we are not born with our beliefs, and those we form throughout childhood and into adulthood can be altered.
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