Has someone ever told you that that you could never achieve your dreams? Have you ever had your ideas shot down by a boss? A co-worker? A parent? A sibling? If not, maybe your goals aren’t big enough. As seen from the video (if you haven’t watched it, please do so now. This is a “must see” video!), many people who achieved huge successes were at one time ridiculed and put down for their aspirations. This is just a part of life.
So what is needed for a person to take a goal and actually accomplish it? What does it take to achieve something regardless of what people think?
Desire is the first element needed to achieve any worthwhile goal. Sometimes, other people can help us take our desire and turn it in to a specific goal, which then increases the desire even further. For me, it was Grand Master Arthur who helped me define what I was good at and then inspired me to run my own school. For someone who was unsure of his future, this inspiration was what was needed to put a fire under my feet.
The second thing needed to achieve any worthwhile goal is commitment. Commitment is the main ingredient for a successful life. Vince Lombardi said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment.” Successful organizations and individuals are always backed by a strong sense of commitment. Without a strong sense of commitment, our goals easily deteriorate into mere wishes.
Someone may have both a desire and a commitment to achieve a high level of fitness and muscle tone, for example. However, without the proper knowledge of how to start a physical fitness program we might very likely injure ourselves. So knowledge is the third important element for achieving your goals. You must know what steps to take in order to reach your goal. Don’t let lack of knowledge stop you from pursuing a worthwhile goal. If you need education, get it! If you need help, ask for it! Do whatever it takes to get the information necessary to achieve your goal.
When we combine and apply desire, commitment, and knowledge we have what we need achieve our goals in life. Once we set our goals, we must then follow up by developing a strong desire, a strong sense of commitment, and the knowledge of how to achieve the goal—these three things are the link between setting a goal and achieving a goal.
Now it is your turn. Take the next action step in your martial arts training. This might be as simple as registering for your next belt, setting your goal to become a black belt leader, or talking with your instructor about the benefits of joining the Certified Instructor Training program. Take the next step and follow your desire with commitment and knowledge today!