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Guidelines For Getting What You Want
When I was in my late twenties, my husband brought home a library book called How To Get What You Want. For me it was a life altering turning point. Up until that time, I thought life just happened to you. I believed I was a victim of fate.
That book was just the beginning for me. Over the past thirty years, Iíve learned much much more through reading, seminars and mainly from my own life experiences. If youíre interested in learning how to get what you want - for example, to take charge of your health and well being and to look and feel your best - I would like to share what I know with you.
Playing the goals game can be a fun, exciting, on-going adventure. The following guidelines, plus other articles on this site, can help you to consistently achieve your goals. So if youíre ready, willing and able, buckle up your seat belt and letís get going on the road to success. But always remember to keep the joy in the journey.
Know What You Want. Itís a natural, automatic instinct to want things. Thatís why youíre constantly attracted to new ďwantingsĒ. The trick is to choose your priorities and keep your choices S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed.) If you canít count it, measure it or describe it in detail, you probably arenít clear enough to get it.
Exercise: Itís important to write down your goals, set priorities and keep on clarifying what you want until each target seems like it hits home.
Want It Enough. If youíre not getting what you think you want, then you may not want it enough. Look at whatís at stake for you if you donít get it. Either increase your desire and commitment or let the goal go and choose another one. Itís important that you feel good about wanting your goals. Longing, frustration and feelings of depravation can hold you back, so only increase your desire to the point where you can still feel good about it.
Exercise: Keep checking to make sure itís what you really want, not what you think you should want. Make your desire and vision stronger than your feelings of lack for not having it.
Believing Youíre Going To Get It. You are always right. If you think you can, you can. If you think you canít, you canít. Increasing your belief is mainly best managed through having a strong, clear vision.
Exercise: Imagine yourself being, doing and having whatever it is you want. Keep the visualizing experience non-confronting, satisfying and fun.
Persistently Go After It. The single quality common to all successful people is persistence. Take the actions necessary to create your life the way you really want it. When you run into obstacles and experience failures, pick yourself up and keep on keeping on.
Exercise: Make an action plan and a daily ďto doĒ list. Plan your work and work your plan, but always, always keep the joy in the journey.
Pay The Price. To get what you want, you must put in a certain amount of time and energy. Most of that will be in the area of managing your thinking. Youíll have to change bad habits, go through some necessary internal growth and overcome disappointments. Plus, youíll have to learn how to be in action effectively and joyfully.
Exercise: Ask, (preferably in writing) ďWhat personal changes do I have to make to achieve this goal?Ē Then take a look at your answers and decide if they are things youíre willing to do. Remember, itís your choice. You donít have to do anything you donít want to do, unless your desire to achieve something is stronger than your dislike of taking the action. Itís always your choice. Remind yourself, ďIf it is to be, itís up to me!Ē
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