An unexamined life is not worth living ? Socrates
All too often we get caught up in how we should
go about achieving a specific goal. We decide
that we need to make something definite happen
and then focus our efforts on what is required to
accomplish the task.
More important than knowing how to make
something happen, is knowing why you want to
make it happen.
Knowing why will keep you focused; give you
strength when you need it, and keep you in action
when you are tempted to quit.
An example of this would be, "I want to create wealth."
You have a winning lottery ticket and want to make
your moderate winnings work for you.
You decide to start reading real estate investment
books, studying stock quotes, and enroll in a
taxation course so you can learn how to take
advantage of all the loopholes.
A few months go by and you get bored with the
routine of studying and learning. A friend offers you
the opportunity of a lifetime ? a month-long trip to
Europe, and for a mere $10,000.
You had planned on using your lottery winnings for
creating wealth, but the commitment is exhausting
and you could really use a vacation.
You cash in your savings and take the trip.
Once you're back home, you have great stories to
tell and memories to hold on to, but after a month or
two, you become disheartened because you feel you
are back on the bottom rung of the ladder and have
to start all over again if you want to create any kind
By knowing why you want to become rich, you may
have created a completely different outcome.
You may have decided you wanted to become rich
- You are tired of being broke and working at a
dead end job that gives you no personal satisfaction.
- Your parents are aging and you want to be able to
help them financially when the time comes for
increased medical care
- You saw how your parents struggled financially to
survive and want to create a different future for
By knowing your "Why" you would have been more
committed to your goal and would have considered
the impact taking a trip to Europe would have on your
You would not have sacrificed long-term gain for
Robert Kiyosaki, one of my favorite writers and author
of, "Retire Young, Retire Rich," shared a personal story
about why he decided to commit to creating a better
life for himself.
He knew what had to be done and how to make it
happen, but it was not until he was able to crystallize
the reasons why he wanted to create wealth, that he
actually committed to taking the action necessary.
He quoted the old adage, "Where there's a will, there's
a way," and discovered that once he knew what his will
was; he was able to find the way.
Before pursuing a goal, determine why you want to
achieve it. What will it mean for you to realize your
dream? Once you have determined your "Why" finding
your "How" will be a lot easier and your commitment to
your goal will be stronger.
Until next time, dream big dreams and know that you
can make them reality. It's all up to you.
Laurie Hayes is a Life Strategy Coach who works with men and women who want to create a significant change in their personal and professional lives, but are struggling with obstacles that are blocking their progress. She can be reached at http://www.wheretheheartis-lifecoaching.com