Plan to Win
This piece is inspired by the world’s greatest motivator, Zig Ziglar. If you don’t have a plan you are planning to fail. Every person I have looked up to has had to craft a plan of action for where they want to be in their life. I didn’t realize this power until I started to do research on other successful people and found that their habits were a major contributing factor to their success journeys. There are many people (also myself) who stay “stuck” for years all because they have not made the decision and created a plan to achieve their ultimate goals.
There are 5 main reasons why people stay stuck:
- Lack of direction
- No plan to get toward their goals
- They associate with the wrong people
- They let their past and present circumstances determine their future
- They don’t know how to use what they already have
One of the things I noticed was that winners write their goals down often. Some do it daily or weekly. The key is to know your goals in the back of your mind so they stay there as you are performing your daily tasks. You want to always be thinking of them so you can attract opportunities and make the right decisions in your daily life that will take you closer to your goals. Now that you have made the decision about what you want to achieve, it’s time to write it down. Start writing what it looks like. Describe the feeling once you reach your goals, write down all the details. Start by writing your lifetime goals. Keep it to three main goals and then write the required action you will need to do in order to reach those goals. Anything more than three is difficult to keep in your mind and will only create a greater struggle to remember. That is why you often see marketers use the magic number three in their marketing because they know the human mind can easily remember three main things at a time. I keep all my life goals to myself and I recommend you do the same. This is between you and the universe and so let’s give it to the universe to help you attract your goals and reward you with your hard work.
Once you have written down your three goals, signed and dated them, you must keep this card with you at all times. Every morning take a moment to look at these goals; every evening take a moment; throughout your daily life you may find time to spare – so use it to look at these goals. You become what you think about most and this step is crucial to expecting to achieve your goals.
If you find you are not a writer, use your audio recorder like I did. I started to talk about what I wanted to do and all the necessary things I needed to in order to reach that goal. You should be able to write three lifetime goals and then break them down into yearly, monthly and daily goals. I recommend keeping your lifetime goal/yearly goals with you at all times. You can do this easily by buying a business card sized self-laminating card from a dollar store and creating a goal card. Plan to win!
Prepare to Win
There is no way to success without hard work. If anyone tells you otherwise, I would suggest removing them from your inner circle of friends. As Les Brown says: “You Gotta Be Hungry!” You must be willing to do the things you have to do in order to obtain the things you want to have.
Another thing that successful people do is put drawings or pictures in areas of their homes and workplaces that look like the goals they are trying to achieve in their lives. The more you see what you want and develop a picture in your mind, the easier it will be to attract opportunities that will get you closer to your goals. Some people call this a vision board. I personally didn’t believe in the power of it when I first heard about it over 10 years ago. The past year I decided to give it a shot. I really tried to find images of the things I was trying to achieve; I put them up in my office and every morning I would look at them and think deeply about the feeling of having what was on the pictures on my wall. I really painted a picture in the back of my mind of what it would feel like to one day have everything on my wall. Then things started to freak me out. I had my goal card in my wallet all the time and throughout the day I would look at my goal card. In the morning I would look at my wall of the things I had wanted to work towards. I started attracting massive audiences to speak to (15,000 people) in several weeks. And within 6 months we had bought a house we never expected to be in until we were well into our late 30’s. I began writing this book because I deeply wanted to help millions of people around the globe. So many things were starting to come together because I was working everyday towards the goals on my card and the images I had painted in the back of my mind. There are still things uncovering from these exercises I have given you. Keep updating your goals and keep growing and soon you will see beautiful things as a result of your hard work.
“Preparing to win” means: developing a work ethic that most people might find intimidating. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You must train your body and mind to be ready for the things to come in your life. I’ve personally spent hours upon hours working on my life and business without the world watching. The hardest part is working while your friends and
family are enjoying themselves. You will need to sacrifice certain parts of life in order to obtain the abundance that most people wish they have.
Here is a quick story to illustrate the power of positive images and seeing them daily. My first day of university, I walked into the main entrance at the university of Saskatchewan and noticed there was a massive trade show selling posters to university students who would be walking through the hallways. I never had much money to spend on things and after a few days walking back and forth, I kept noticing a poster catching my eye. The poster was a man who had climbed a mountain – and I felt the urge to buy it. The poster cost me $20 and I hung it up on my wall for the remainder of my university days. Every day I would wake up to this poster and go to bed seeing this poster. The poster also had a quote on it that read: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” When it came time to launch Neechie Gear several years later, I looked at that poster and thought of being courageous; I decided to take a leap of faith that things would one day work out if I put the effort in. And now you know the rest of the story. Words and images have power. Now it’s up to you to use them to your advantage. Prepare to win!
Expect to Win
Have you ever noticed how some people continue to succeed in life and others lose consistently? The difference is goals – successful people have them. Winners have convinced themselves to win! People earn their goals by taking massive action everyday towards the goals they have painted in their mind.
Your self-image, the way you see yourself, determines your future. You must see yourself as already obtaining your goals. If you have followed these steps up until now, you have created the path that will allow you to reach your goal. The next trick is to be patient and have faith. You must have faith that it will come true. However you have been taught to have faith, pray often that way so that you will one day see your goal happen. Be grateful for all that has happened up until this point. You have earned the right to expect the best because you have planned and prepared for what is to come! Plan, prepare and expect to win!