Clarity is power. Successful people know exactly what they want. And they have a clear direction and plan of action to reach their desired results. Let’s take money for example. Do you want a lot of money? First, define “a lot”.
Successful people know the exact amount they want to generate (Sometimes right down to the penny!). Wishing for “lots of money” is vague and not measurable. Defining measurable results is key so you can know if you are on or off track. If you think you’re off track, you need to know by how much so you can modify your plan.
If you want to make $75,000 or $175,000 a year, write it down and say it out loud. Repeat it to yourself often. Your subconscious will know “This is the amount I make now, and this is where I want to be.” Then, you will focus on that outcome and look for ways to generate it.
Once again, this step is critical. Clarity is the key. If you don’t have a clear target, you can never hit it.
In fact, without a target you won’t even know which way to aim! Get clear about what you want. One of my clients, Susan, had a goal of “having money in savings”. When I asked her how much she wanted to save, she didn’t have an answer. Further questioning revealed that not only did she have no money in her savings, she didn’t have a savings account. After a realistic conversation about her bills and how much money she made each month, it became clear that she could immediately begin putting $100 a month into a savings account. While that may not seem like much to some, to those with $0 in savings, $100 each month is huge!
In just 12 months she would have $1200 – That’s a lot more than zero! Armed with a plan of action, Susan went to work. That very same week she went to the bank, opened a savings account, and put in $100 dollars. How do you think she felt? Yep, you got it. Susan felt great. She felt responsible and proud that she had created momentum so quickly. And, it all started with a shift in her thinking and clarity about her finances.
So, if you want to lose weight, how much do you want to lose? What size of clothes do you want to wear? Is your goal to run a 5K, a 10K or a full marathon? Or, perhaps, you might simply want to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling winded. Do you want a savings account? Do you want money in the stock market? How much money exactly? How much after one year? After two years? After five years? The more specific you are about your plan, the more likely it is that you will actually achieve it.
When Rebecca came to me, she was 60 years old and taking medication for Type 2 Diabetes. She was battling depression, unhappy with her body, and did not feel well physically or mentally. She was worried that she would be stuck with her current weight (or worse) for the rest of her life. As we worked through the course, she began to see that, aside from not wanting to be sick all the time, she had zero clarity around what she actually wanted for her health. When she began to get a clear picture of what she actually wanted her life to look like, changes began happening immediately. Rebecca joined a gym, lost weight, and started to regulate her blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Five months later she and a group of like-minded people signed up for their first triathlon.
Rebecca purchased a bike and began to swim and walk regularly. Not surprisingly, her depression lifted as well. She was able to take control and begin enjoying her life because she was able to get clarity about how she wanted to experience it. Clarity, a shift in thinking, and setting clear goals is where it starts!
Do you want to pay off debt? Go back to college? Start that business? Buy a new car? Take the time to get very clear about what you want and when you want it. Set a date, create a plan of action, and go for it!