It’s easy to know what we want. It’s harder to get it. Or is it? Yes, getting a new job or a raise or a promotion can be difficult, but getting what you want can be more black and white than you might think. Want something? It is crucial that you develop a game plan, an approach, a craft.
In life, the things you need don’t just come to you; you need to pull them in. Most often, this process of bringing in the goods can determine if you emerge successful in life, or not. I know that you want to be successful. You need to get what you want to become successful.
Those who become successful, getting what they want in life, often follow some sort of formula, knowingly or unknowingly. There is no specific formula, though. But by keen observation, you can figure out a given pattern which you can follow.
So, have you got a formula for getting what you want? It may not be necessary for you to develop an ‘original’ formula. You only need to pick an observed pattern, modify, and adapt it to suit your situation. This approach will give you more power and control over the outcome of your initiatives than just waiting for whatever fate throws at you.
Over the years, by keen observation and experience, I have seen a pattern after which a powerful model for getting what you want may be developed. The pattern is a simple steps formula which you can easily tweak and personalize. Each step process can be expanded, adjusted or collapsed to accommodate personal preferences, depending on your needs and disposition.
In the succeeding paragraphs, you are given some step formula. All you need to do is take it and use it to secure what you want.
Be prepared for your want to be fulfilled. It’s easy to wish for something, but are you truly ready for it to be bestowed upon you? The answer? You better be! You may have spent years daydreaming about the prestige that will come with that executive position, but don’t get caught with drool on your chin when it’s time to take the reigns. When you ask someone for something, the other person is always taking a risk in giving it to you. You must prove that their decision to believe in you was the correct one. Don’t let them regret it by fumbling or being unprepared. Know what responsibilities you will be taking on if given what you want, and accept them without missing a beat.
Define what you want.
Set a goal. There is no way you can get what you want if you don’t even know what you want. So, the first thing you need do is to define, clearly, what you really want. Being specific about what you want – your goal – will help seriously.
Consider a situation where you need money. Don’t say “I need money,” rather, say, “I need Twenty million naira.” Better still, you can say, “I need Twenty million naira for investment in a bakery.” This is being specific: defining what you want, clearly.
When you do this, your faculties receive the signals that you have picked your preferred target. All the resources within and without you will begin to align to bring what you want closer to you. If you hold this picture of what you want long enough, it becomes part of your consciousness, turning you into some sort of magnet that draws your goal to you.
Create a plan.
Having defined what you want, you need to create a plan. A plan helps you see – on paper – what you conceptualized mentally. It helps create a path in the thick jungle. No matter how fuzzy, a plan is better than no plan in the journey to the attainment of your goal.
Imagine a situation where you want to publish a book that is 50,000 words long. You can create a plan where you write 1000 words daily for 50 days. These 1000 words can be written in two parts: 500 before going to work and 500 after work, that’s assuming that you are in a 9-5 work schedule.
A plan creates a path to follow through to your goal. Create one today.
Check the cost.
Every goal that you set to achieve comes with a price. You must be ready to pay this price in order to achieve the goal. A student who seeks to make first class must be ready to pay the price of sitting down to study, instead of getting engaged in parties and other activities not connected or aligned with his ultimate goal. The writer who seeks to write a book must be ready to sit down and write while his friends go golfing over the weekend. The economists call it the opportunity cost.
If you are not ready to pay the price, you may not reach your goal. You need to decide now if you can pay the cost to attain your goal, to get what you want.
Perform a self-assessment test.
You need to assess yourself in order to decide if you can pay the price needed to attain your goal. As you cannot give what you do not have, you can only pay the price based on your abilities and aptitudes. You cannot pay the price with weaknesses.
For you to identify your areas of weaknesses and strengths, you need to perform S.W.O.T. analysis of self and the system you wish to deploy in reaching your goal. This analysis shows the Strength and Weaknesses that you have, and the Opportunities and Threats facing the vehicle you intend to use to achieve you goal. For instance, a good writer may not be necessarily a fast typist; he may not even know how to type. While good writing is his strength, typing speed is his weakness.
The result of the S.W.O.T. analysis shouldn’t scare you. It is meant to give you information with which you can take informed decisions for best results. Take note of your strengths as well as your weaknesses as you move to the next step in the steps formula.
Assemble your team.
You cannot attain your goal by doing it all alone. You need a team. The team that you are going to set up must be such that its composition complements your weaknesses, while reinforcing your strengths. For instance, a good writer – but slow typist – who wants to publish, needs a fast typist in his team. A good actress, who is not good at making deals, needs a good manager. And so it continues.
Team building is an art which must be learned, practiced and carefully applied in order to get what you want. One wrong pick can sink the whole ship. So, select carefully. In this regard, my friend in management will say, “slow to hire; quick to fire.”
But in all your selection for the team, do not forget to make God a permanent and non-negotiable voting member of your team. In fact, make Him the head.
Execute the plan.
Nobody is going to write the book for you. Nobody is going to lift that weight for you. Nobody is going to set up that business for you. You have to step out and do it, yourself. And you can only do it by acting on the beautiful plan that you had laid out.
This is the step that holds down a lot of would-be achievers for so long. This is the step that has filled the cemetery with men buried with their untapped potentialities.
To help act on your plan, I will recommend that you combine two powerful systems that will help manage your time efficiently and maximize your resources. The first is the 43 Folders System (the Tickler File system of the US Navy), and the second is the single-tasking approach to managing workload. These two systems, when combined, will fast-track your productivity, moving you speedily towards your goal.
Rise, Rinse, and Repeat.
This is the last step in the process. Repeat the execution of your plan until your goal is met. It is a process and you need to be passionate to sustain it. Therefore, your goal, or what you want, must be something that you are passionate about in order to be able to rise, rinse and repeat the process as many times as possible, without being disenchanted.
Persistence. Unfortunately, not every want is granted right away. Don’t give in too quickly. Just because you’ve gotten one or ten (or even a hundred) nos, it doesn’t mean you should move on. Try a new approach. If the front door is closed, try the back. Is the window open? What about the garage? Have another go at it. Lee Iacocca, the former President of Ford and Chairman of Chrysler explains, “you’ve got to say, ‘I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it.’ It’s called perseverance.” Keep at it.
Complaining is not a strategy, so get to work. These tips will ensure that you are heard and will help you make your case for the best possible outcome. Remember, the clearer you are in your goal, the better chance there is you will achieve it. Have faith in your wants, and get them.
Putting these principles into practice will unlock your passion, open doors you never knew existed, and help you create the life you always wanted
You now have the steps to getting what you want. Start using them today.
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