If one wants to actualize his/her dreams in life the importance of setting goals and making concrete steps towards achieving them is absolutely paramount.
I remember several years ago when a book called ‘The Secret’ came out creating quite a stir. As someone who is interested in human development & Psychology/Sociology (my two majors in University) I went & checked it out. Although these types of self-development books are hardly academic worthy journals (some might even refer to them as pop/pseudo Psychology) I was – at the time – quite interested in reading this particular genre.
The one message that I found really profound within ‘The Secret’ had to do with the concept of what you think about you become. The thoughts you have are the catalyst towards achieving your dreams or -on the other hand – creating a life or misery & perpetual disappointment. In other words, you often receive in life what you think you deserve and what you think about expands. I found myself feeling somewhat skeptical at the time but as I continued to pursue these concepts I became more of a believer; however, the one VERY important distinction I completely disagreed upon immediately within the book was the idea that it was enough to just want something to happen and that it would manifest itself naturally over time. I totally dismiss this notion. I feel strongly that in order to achieve goals in your life you have to have a strong will, desire & confidence as the rock hard foundation but without a roadmap, compass & a MASSIVE action plan it’s not nearly enough to just have ‘positive’ thoughts circulating within your head.
It’s one thing to want something and it’s another to want something so badly that you’re willing to wrangle for it, make necessary adjustments when things are not working out & continue to pursue it even when the odds seem to be stacked against you – when you’ve reached your weakest hour or tipping point and truly want to pack it in. It’s the burning desire that’s the key ingredient. It’s one thing to grab the bull by the horns but unless you’re willing to ride it into a concrete wall it’s not the kind of effort that will separate you apart from anybody else on this planet.
With this in mind I’m thinking about creating a series of articles related to achieving goals – travel & otherwise. I’ve at times, in the past -with my old family and friends journal – shied away from writing about my own personal life and what I hope to achieve; however, with the creation of my new travel blog that launched on July 1st, it’s time for me to open up a bit more because a portion of my life is already circulating on the Interwebs freely for anyone to view as it is.
My next post is going to be about the short-term and long-term goals I have for my blog & youtube channel. I will delve into other areas & hopefully write more tips/guides on how I was able to achieve certain things in my life; however, for my next post I will focus entirely on what I hope to achieve with my website.
This post is just the introduction to this series and I want to leave you with these final thoughts for today:
“What is it that you could be doing right now to improve upon or to take one step closer towards achieving something you really want to pursue in your life? Whether it be travel, career, fitness, relationship or health related it doesn’t matter. What’s one thing you could do right this moment to steer things a little closer towards the ideal path? Whatever it is – that one thing you’ve been putting off until tomorrow – get up and do it right now!”