The 4 Rules Successful Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Use To Stick With Their Personal Long Term Goals

Person hiking across snow analagy for sticking with personal long term goals

Person hiking across snow analagy for sticking with personal long term goals

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.

People hiking across mountain - analogy for sticking together helps with personal long term goals

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.

Unlock the Power of the Universe with These 19 Spiritual Affirmations

Woman who has shopped for happiness and cannot find it there anymore. May require some spiritual affirmations

Woman who has shopped for happiness and cannot find it there anymore. May require some spiritual affirmations

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

SO MANY OF US ARE LOOKING for happiness and fulfillment in the wrong places – and we don’t even know it. Sure, going on a shopping spree, or buying a new car are examples of things that would bring some level of joy. But eventually, the shoes wear out. And the car loses its shine.

When we constantly look outwards in an attempt to feel happy, it’s almost like trying to pump a tire with a hole in it: at first it works, but the air escaping through the hole quickly leaves the tire flat again. Similarly, the sense of fulfillment that accompanies a new purchase is fleeting: it simply won’t last. Of course, to rectify this, you could keep buying cars and shoes – or try to pump more air into the tire than what is escaping through the hole – but is that really a sustainable way to live?

The fact that you’ve found my website tells me that you know, deep down, there’s more to life than the material items that meet the eye.

Maybe you’ve made your riches and realized you’re no happier now than when you were poor. Maybe you’ve been through a painful break-up and realized that you placed too much pressure on your ex to make you happy. Or maybe you’re in the constant grind of 9-5 working life and just need something else because what you have right now is not bringing you the fulfillment you desire.

No matter what brought you to this point in time, or to put it in other words, no matter what caused your spiritual awakening, the next step is clear. It’s time to embark on a spiritual journey. It’s time to stop looking ‘out there’ for your happiness, and start looking in. It’s time to find out who you really are.

 

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer” – Jim Carrey

 

Throughout your journey, there will be many times you’ll need to draw on the power of the universe, and this is exactly what spiritual affirmations help you do. They enable you to get close to the universe and connect with its higher power so that you can ultimately discover your true self. When you reach this level of understanding about yourself (self-realization), then inner peace, eternal happiness and fulfillment will follow.

 

19 of the Best Spiritual Affirmations

I spent some time reading and reciting spiritual affirmations, and selected the ones I felt would help my readers connect most deeply with the power of the universe. Here they are, 19 of the best:

  1. I am a child of the universe
  2. I believe the universal force will help me in all that I do
  3. I accept that the universal force is unlimited, therefore I am unlimited
  4. Deep at the center of my being lies the infinite wisdom of the universe
  5. All the energies of the universe are working in congruence with my beliefs
  6. Every day I am becoming a more enlightened being
  7. Connection with my inner spirit brings me constant peace and joy
  8. Every day I thank the universe for what I have
  9. I am always connected to the harmony of the universe
  10. I am at all times connected to the universal spirit
  11. I am divinely guided by the unlimited universal force within me
  12. I am empowered by the energy I draw from the universal force
  13. I am filled with universal power and love
  14. I am guided by the higher power of the universe
  15. I am in perfect alignment with my inner spirit
  16. I am in tune with the perfect vibration of the universe
  17. I am spirit made flesh
  18. I believe there is a higher power working through me which is helping me reach my goals
  19. I trust in the power of the universal force

 

Some Advice To Help You On Your Way

To start with, pick the one or two affirmations that resonate with you the most – and repeat them twice a day, every day (morning and night is best). After a few weeks it’s a good idea to choose two or three different affirmations so that the process stays fresh and doesn’t become ‘robotic’. You must truly believe in your affirmations and repeat them with genuine sincerity if they are to work their magic.

To help you feel your affirmations on a deeper level, consider coupling them with activities like yoga or meditation. These practices complement spiritual affirmations especially because they encourage us to place an emphasis on the spiritual aspect of our lives over the material. They also help us connect our spiritual thoughts with physical action.

If you find that you’re having trouble feeling a connection with the universe – I understand. The universe is a mysterious, almost abstract place – much of which mankind has never before seen and perhaps never will see. But consider this: We are a part of the universe – it is not a separate entity from us – we are one and the same. The hydrogen in your body came from the big bang – the birth of the universe. The carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen in your body came from a star that died billions of years ago. You are the universe made manifest.

 

Personalize Your Affirmations

Sometimes you can be reading a book or website and immediately stumble upon an affirmation that resonates deeply with you. Other days you can wade through webpage after webpage of well-meaning words, but just not feel anything. And that’s OK. We are all separate beings with unique pasts, presents and futures. So it logically follows that what works for one – or even millions – may not work for you.

In this scenario, the best thing to do is to create your own spiritual affirmations. You should always keep them short and easy to recite, and write them in the present tense. Here are 3 more important points to keep in mind:

 

1. Use the words I ‘am’ not I ‘need’ or I ‘want’

Example: ‘I am discovering my true self, not ‘I want to discover who I really am’.

See the difference? You are saying out loud – and with feeling – that you already have or are in the process of getting what you want. In this way, you’re bringing up the feelings and emotions that come with having what you want. Ultimately, you will start to vibrate on that energy level and attract exactly what it is that you want.

2. Don’t get caught up in the ‘how’

Calling on the power of the universe to help you unlock your inner potential can seem like an enormous task. And in some ways it is truly monumental. BUT. If you start thinking about how it’s all going to work, you’ll quickly become overwhelmed. This will open the door to negative thinking, which won’t leave much room in your brain for focusing on your spiritual affirmations.

Instead, put yourself in the frame of mind of already having what you want (see tip 1), and then let the universe figure out the most efficient and harmonious way to bring it to you.

3. Tackle the doubt

As I mentioned earlier on in this post, to say your affirmations with feeling, you really do need to believe them deep down. In fact, the way you say them is just as important as the words you choose. But it can be hard to speak with sincerity when you are struggling to believe them.

 

For example, if you’re in a rough place right now, it would understandably be difficult to say this:

“Every day I am becoming a more enlightened being” And truly mean it.

 

The thing is, you probably ARE becoming more enlightened day-to-day, but the changes are incremental, and in the chaos and pain of your current life, you may not feel it. In this case, try to include words that reflect your personal situation, and in turn, make your affirmation feel more genuine:

“Every day I choose to work towards becoming a more enlightened being.”

 

Have Patience and Don’t Give Up

The world can be a negative place. In fact, some people have pointed out that by the time we reach the age of 18, we have heard 148,000 phrases like: “You can’t do it”, “It’s not worth it”, and “It’s impossible!”

If you let yourself listen to these negative voices, nothing will seem possible. If, however, you repeat your spiritual affirmations out loud every day, stay patient, and let your positive inner voice drown out the negativity, you will find the inner happiness and fulfillment you seek.