“Whether or not you think you can, you are right.” – Henry Ford.
While everyone else was seeing cars, Ford saw assembly lines. While everyone was selling every car they could make, Ford saw a world in which everyone could afford a Ford.
Everyone’s goals were worthy. Ford’s were bigger.
How big are yours – on trajectory to the top, sidelines, back of the bus, the ditch, market domination, changing the world for good, or some other destination?
Are you headed there on purpose? Or on accident?
Planning your next holiday, does ‘that vacation’ exist anywhere but your mind, your imagination – ‘visualizing that future time/place'?
Imagine this – gold medal, 1st prize, your new invention, weight loss goal, best seller brewing, ‘dream job’ or business you want – can’t they too be visualizations of future reality?
Believing and wishing, small parts – before we can achieve, we have to see it. On the basketball court, golf course or in your boardroom, when you take your next shot – do you see yourself making it? Visualize it, think it and believe it?
Athletes use visualization to score more baskets, to catch more hail-Mary passes, to beat par – it works. Visualization CAN work for everyone. Yes, we need to have capability and develop skills – that’s a given, even more-so for those atop their game – but before any puck goes in any net we have to believe it will, and believe we can do it.
In sport or business or with family – career, art, hobby, relationship or volunteering – isn’t it the same thing?
Stake your claim, own your goal – repeat, affirm it, state it ‘as if it is real already’; I DID win, I DID achieve, I DID build, I am there, I am making it happen.
They ARE going to happen.
When you see goals that way, work on them that way, believe in them that way – how far can you go, how far can you grow? About as far as you think you can.
One last thought – when we set a goal, who keeps our feet to the fire?
Going it alone seems so altruistic, Spartan and noble … but alone, we are more likely to flounder – whereas with an accountability partner, someone who cares about our wellbeing and success, they will help us stay steady, stay on course and remind us how valuable we are on those days when we aren’t quite as confident on our own.
P.S.: if readers wonder, I’m working on one particular goad right now; never seems to be a goad shortage – projects and tasks in real estate work, writing, publishing, speaking. Omnipresent at the moment is weight. 212.2, January 1st. Progress, slow. Joined a ‘group of losers’ – together aimed at raising money for a cause + losing weight. My progress, meagre. Re-set, I’ve shifted gears. My goal, ultimately is 145 (I last lived in such a body 25 years ago!). First, ‘interim goals’ [199.9 .. check!, 175 now seems within reach. 145 will take longer). Affirming goals daily - aloud, in writing and with a few reminder notes around – most powerful of which is ‘inside the fridge’. My re-commitment to goals and affirmation has brought me full circle in rethinking and goal-tending on other matters too, better than I have in a very long time.