Write it Down, Today!

There’s one thing that almost all high achievers do that the vast majority of Americans don’t.  This one thing can exponentially increase your chances of making your goals come true.  The ability to do this one thing, in and of itself, is literally a miracle…

If you have a burning desire to do something;  if you have a definable goal that you absolutely must achieve; if you want to be different from more than 90 percent of the Americans, then here’s what you need to do.  Go get a notepad.  Get a pencil.  Sit down.  Now, write down what you really want to do.  Write down that big dream I talked about in my last post.  Don’t delay – do it now.  Here’s why the act of writing down your goal is a miracle – it is in that moment that thought becomes tangible.  What was in your head now is physically written on a piece of paper for you (and anyone else) to see, hold and examine.  You have taken something from your mind and it is now manifetsted into physical being.  Some of you reading this will “get it” and realize the power in this.  Some of you won’t.  That’s o.k.   Whether your amazed by it or not, what you need to understand is that less than 10% of Americans write down goals but the vast majority of that 10% make their goals come true.  

One you’ve written it down, study it.  Absorb it.  Eat, sleep and breathe it.  Pray about it.  Make sure that it really for you.   Make sure it’s making your world and the world around you a better place.  Once you’re convinced it is, take massive action on it (Don’t forget this part.  Your goal won’t happen without action, no matter how many times you write it down).   If you get INC magazine, read the article about Joe Cirulli.  It’s the perfect example of what I’m talking about.  If you don’t get INC., he’s on the cover of the August 2008 issue.  In a few days, you’ll probably be able to read the story on the INC. website (it’s not there as of today – I checked).  His is just one more story that supports this.  He’s making a positive difference in his community.  He’s achieved his goals.  He’s living the life of his dreams (after being almost penniless).  And he started by writing down his goals.  Bam.  Another act that separtates those who do and those who just wish.  If you’re unhappy with your life, work on becoming a doer and not just a wisher…

So what are you about to write down on that piece of paper in front of you?

And…. ACTION!

Have you ever met someone that you admired for being successful?  I met a business person that I admire this week.  He’s the CEO of a well-run corporation.  I’ve read about him in business magazines.  I stood in line to meet him after I heard him speak and had a chance to talk with him for a few mintues.  In the conversation, I told him that I was impressed with his success and with all he’s accomplished – both in business and in charity.  He looked me in the eyes and said, ” Most people think that anyone who is in my position is in some way different from everyone else.  We’re not.  I have a fairly normal life outside this business.  I enjoy and don’t enjoy doing the same things as most people.  I’m not smarter than most people.  I’m certainly no genius.  The reason I’m where I am is a little a luck but most of all, I did what I thought it would take to get me here.  That’s all.”  

Bam.  It hit me like a ton of bricks.  It was again affirmed to me – we’re all basically the same, rich or poor, successful or not, tall or short, old or young.  What most differentiate those at the top from those who at the bottom are simply our actions.  Some people take huge action on their goals and dreams because they believe they can do them.  Some don’t.  I just read somewhere a great quote that went something like this:  It takes the same amount of energy to dream small or big.  Why not dream big?  While dreaming big doesn’t involve more energy, it does involve a bigger risk of failure.  But don’t stop out of fear.  Use failure as lesson, not a barrier. 

Life isn’t always fair.  Sometimes we’re dealt a bad hand and have huge obstacles to overcome.  But if action is the number one thing separating us from where we truly want to be, then what action could you take each day to get you one step closer to your big dream?