THE NATURE OF LIFE IS THAT we live short-term and work towards long-term.
Unfortunately, the short-term is full of obstacles that steal our focus from the long-term. Goals help us to maneuver past the short-term challenges. Goals are essential because they provide a long-term vision for our lives.
Long-term is just a series of short terms
Most successful people confess that they have learned to leverage the power of goal setting. In a world full of distractions and a myriad of issues that compete for our attention, goals help us to silence the background noise and fix our eyes on the big picture. Here are some long-term personal goals that successful people value.
Rule number one: Always surround yourself with the right people
Staying steady in the chase of your dreams demands for moral and psychological stamina. It calls for skills and resources that no single person possesses. Therefore, in the pursuit of personal success, you will need people to help you prevail over obstacles. Keep in touch with family, friends and successful people who can encourage and support you.
These relationships will not only keep you balanced, but they might also open up some exciting opportunities. As you socialize; you also network.
Many successful people value friendships and partnerships. Here are a few famous ones to help get the point across…
- Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard – HP
- Sergey Brin, and Larry Page – Google
- Bill Gates and Paul Allen – Microsoft
Not only is being in business with the right people important, it is also important to surround your personal life with the right people. And if they are the right people, then make time and give attention to them.
Here are some pointers before we jump to the next topic…
- As you set your long-term goals, factor in time for family events.
- Always make a point of connecting with like-minded individuals.
- Join virtual communities and meet up groups to help meet likeminded people.
- Plug into business associations around you.
Rule number two: Mind your health
Research shows that there is a positive correlation between good health and productivity. Many successful people know that they need to take care of themselves. Self-care is a way of life.
There’s nothing more important than our good health: that is our principal capital asset. Arlen Specter
All successful people keep extremely busy schedules but almost all of them also exercise, even hiring personal trainers. Your health is the most important single thing you have, and it is entirely dependent on your daily habits.
- Working out even for a few minutes will take the edge off a busy day and energize you.
- Have some few moments of introspection and meditation each day. Annie Lawless, a New York Times bestseller, says that a few minutes of meditation in the morning help her plan her day and sharpen her focus.
In the moment of solitude, we find the most significant moments of creativity
- Make your alternative passions a priority. This will help to clear your mind and decompress. Many successful people indicate that they have solved some of their toughest problems swimming or when out on a run.
- Loosen and have a good laugh every day. Robby Sorensen, the CEO of Finger Puppets Inc., indicates that we can handle anything if only we can find a way to laugh aloud every day.
- Be kind to yourself: stop judging, blaming or expecting too much from yourself. You are only human. All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough!
- Forgive yourself every day. Do not hold on to the mistakes of the past; they do not shape your future.
- Watch your diet and eat the right proportions.
Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live in. – Jim Rohn
Rule number three: spend time sharing yourself
It is in giving that we receive – Francis of Assisi.
Many entrepreneurs and other successful people are generous with their money and time. The more you give, the more you get in return. Adam Grant, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, ‘Give and Take’, indicates that people who give achieve extraordinary results across industries.
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up – John Holmes
Fun fact: In a study, givers scored 12% higher in the intelligent test than other people.
Look at the list of 20 most generous people in the world, topped by Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, George Soros, Azim Premji, and Charles Francis Feeney. What do these people have in common? If this does not motivate you to be generous, nothing will.
Rule number four: Take risks
Successful people despise the comfort zone. Life will become boring and lack fulfillment if you stay in one place, mentally and physically. Taking risks teaches you to become adaptive and grow in countless ways.
Ditch your comfort zone and do something that you have always desired to do:
- Leave your job
- Enter a new field
- Start a new business
- End an unfulfilling relationship
You must learn to harness your confidence and believe in your abilities. This is the fuel you need to achieve things that you did not think were possible.
I like thinking big. If you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. Donald Trump
There is no goal that we will ever achieve without taking a risk. The most successful people are not afraid to try new things and take risks. Not taking risk is a risk in itself!
Raaji Nemani CEO and co-founder of BucketFeet says that if he had not left his comfort zone, he would never have met his partner and the company would never exist. While risks do not always work out, they will pay off with a lesson. But when they do, you will be forever grateful that you faced the fear.
- Musicians record and release songs without knowing how they will be received.
- Producers invest massive amounts of money to produce movies without any assurance that they will be a success
- Entrepreneurs start businesses without an end in sight.
- We turn our lives inside out to get married armed only with the hope that it will all work out
- We conceive and carry pregnancies for nine months without truly knowing what it is we carry
You sometimes have to take big risks – Bill Gates
The final goal
We can learn from wolves how to howl, from the eagle we will learn how to fly, and from highly successful people we can learn which long-term goals are essential in our lives.
Many of our idols were not born successful. They started by setting goals and pursuing them relentlessly. Being successful does not happen overnight, we can all start small, set essential long-term goals and more towards a fulfilling life.
Thanks for reading this article on how to stick with your personal long term goals. If you want more help sticking with your goals then here is an article on affirmations, which can help keep you motivated.