Before I started setting goals, I thought goal setting was useless because I never saw how the practice could improve my life. However, I realized the magic of goal setting when I started setting and writing down goals in August 2015.
Goal setting is a wonderful thing, and many studies reveal that people who set goals progress quicker than those who don’t. Besides progress, there are other lessons I learned from goal setting which many people don’t tell you.
Here are they
- Goal Setting Proves that the Law of Attraction Works
According to The Law of Attraction, you attract what you constantly think about. I never believed this law until I started writing down my goals and realized that I achieved some of my goals because I constantly thought about them. For example, in 2015, one of my main goals was to get an exotic dog. I didn’t have the money to buy the dog but the amazing thing is that I got it. I know you are wondering how I got the dog.
After writing down the goal of getting a dog, I became obsessed with getting a dog because I always read my goals every day. I spent a large percentage of my time thinking and talking about how I will get a dog.
A few months later, my friend’s dog fell sick, and I offered to take care of it. One day as I was taking it to the vet, I met a friend’s friend who asked me to take care of his dog because he was traveling.
I accepted the offer, and after a few weeks, the dog owner told me to keep it because he believed that he will never have the time to care for his dog. And that’s how I got Bobby, the best dog in the world.
By the way, Bobby was pregnant when I got her, and she gave birth to six pups on 9th October 2015.
- Goal Setting Proves That You Don’t Have to Know the ‘How.’
I wrote in the article, 4 Major Reasons Why We Avoid Dreaming Big, that people fear to dream big because they don’t know how they will achieve big dreams. I also feared to dream big whenever I thought about ‘how’ I could achieve big dreams.
However, setting big goals and achieving them enabled me to dream big because I realized that I don’t always have to know how I will achieve my goals.
In 2015, one of my goals was to relocate to Nairobi (Kenya’s Capital City), but I didn’t have the money for relocation. I never knew where I could get the money but I just wrote down the goal.
Five months later, my friend Silas called and informed me about a vacancy at his workplace which was in the city. I went to the city, passed the interview, and my parents sponsored the relocation. It a happened so fast. I didn’t know how it happened, but it happened. I found myself working and living in Nairobi.
- Goal Setting Increases Faith in Big Things
Goal setting increased my faith in achieving big things because I always achieve half of the goals I set regardless of how big or small they are. My three years of experience with goal setting made me set big goals this year because I have faith that I will achieve most of them.
- Goal Setting Made me a Hard worker
I always know that I will be depressed or I might give up on goal setting if I don’t achieve my goals. Therefore, I often work hard so that I achieve my goals. For this reason, I now have a hard working habit because I have never stopped setting goals.
Therefore goal setting can increase your faith, make you a hard worker, and enable you to realize that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
For this reason, start setting goals and you will experience the power of goal setting after you achieve half of the goals you’ll set. Lastly, remember to pray for the wisdom and strength you need for achieving your goals.
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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist
After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man
‘From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Many successful people believe that reading breeds success because it leads to the accumulation of knowledge useful for succeeding. Maybe Benjamin Franklin knew this because he read a lot. He loved reading so much that he read his father’s religious texts because they were the main books his father possessed. His obsession with reading forced his father, Josiah Franklin, to apprentice him to a printer. Many scholars agree that his reading habit played a great role in making him a great man.
2.Never Ever Wait For The Right Moment
If you want to do something, do it. Never wait for the universe to perfectly arrange things for you before you take action
In 1721, Benjamin Franklin’s brother founded a newspaper. Benjamin Franklin became highly interested in participating in the newspaper, but he believed his position would prevent his brother from allowing him to write. However, instead of waiting for his brother’s permission, he wrote letters and anonymously placed them in his brother’s print shop. People liked the letters so much that they wanted to know him.
Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea and his audacity paid off.
3.Associate With People With Similar Interests
You can progress quickly if you associate with people with similar interests because these folks will help you learn a lot about your field.
Benjamin Franklin knew this principle because he formed an association of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs when he was 21 years old. The association enabled Benjamin to become a better artist and businessman as its members regularly discussed
4.Failure is Inevitable
All successful people including Benjamin Franklin failed on their way to success. Despite becoming one of America’s founding fathers, some of Benjamin Franklin’s political proposals were ignored. Furthermore, despite becoming a well-known author, some of his publications failed.
Benjamin Franklin understood that failure is part of success, and he continued writing and formulating more political proposals. He eventually became a successful politician and author.
5.Work, Work and Work
It’s said that Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with work. His biography reveals how he woke up early to work long hours. Besides this, some of his famous quotes such as ‘laziness makes things difficult, and hard work makes things easier’ proved he believed in a strong work-ethic.
Benjamin Franklin knew that his strong work-ethic played a huge role in making him succeed. In his famous essay, The Way to Wealth, he wrote, ‘If You Are Hardworking, You Will Never Starve.’
Just like other successful folks, Franklin was an ordinary individual who adopted the features of successful people. We can also adopt these features to guarantee a marvelous future.
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5 Unbelievable Factors That Make People Work Extremely Hard
Mentors, a strong purpose, and motivational stuff are some of the main factors that have made people work extremely hard. However, there are also unique but not necessarily positive factors that have made people work extremely hard towards their goals. Guess you are ready to know them.
Here are they:
- The Desire to Prove People Wrong
Many people have worked extremely hard towards their goals because they wanted to prove the naysayers wrong. These folks wanted to show the people who doubted them that they can achieve greatness.
An example is Arnold Schwarzenegger. This guy worked extremely hard in his acting career because he wanted to prove wrong the people who told him that he won’t be a successful actor since he had a German accent, and a body that was too big for acting.
Even though I have discouraged competition in my previous posts, I believe that it sometimes makes people work extremely hard. Many bloggers, musicians, and business owners have worked extremely hard because of the fierce competition in their niches. These folks knew that they would fail to secure a sizeable market share if their competitors outworked them.
For this reason, it’s inarguable that competition can force you to work harder whether you like it or not because if you don’t work hard when facing stiff competition, your competitors will become better than you and throw you out of the game.
A large percentage of successful people succeeded because they had faith in their dreams. Faith made them completely sure that they will achieve their dreams if they worked harder, and therefore, it motivated them to work hardest towards their goals.
Recently, I realized that people who believe in the achievement of their dreams often work harder than those who doubt. Doubt drains your energy because it demotivates you, while faith pumps energy in you and motivates you to push yourself harder because you firmly know that success will come if you toil.
People also work harder towards their goals if they believe that achieving them will eliminate some sort of pain. For instance, the pain of living in poverty motivated Eminem to work extremely hard towards a better life. In some of his songs, the rapper reveals how the pain he felt when he realized that his 9-5 salary could not sustain his family forced him to work very hard in music.
All the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can’t get by with my 9-5, and I can’t provide the right type of life for my family – Eminem, Lose Yourself
- The Need to Use Success As Revenge
“Success is the best revenge to pay you back.” – Eminem, Where I’m At.
I know people who are working so hard because they experienced rejection. These folks believe that working harder will make them meet success and make the people who rejected them regret.
Besides faith, the above factors show that you can use negative states of mind to push yourself harder. The main reason we are always encouraged to use positive factors to push ourselves harder is because most of the time, factors such as pain, competition, the need to revenge and prove people wrong, work against us.
What other unique factors do you know that can make people work harder?
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