1. Point: Clearly identifying what you want rather than simply working hard and allowing fate to do the rest does bring with it the added pressure of clarity and the removal of several legitimate reasons for staying comfortable right where you are in life.
Counter Point: Most people never get what they want because they have never clearly defined exactly what that is. Ambiguity leads to inaction – clarity leads to achievement and the elimination of obstacles not excuses.
2. Point: The very idea of “setting goals” suggests that you are not happy or completely satisfied with what you already have and where you are in your life. Buying into the concept that “the grass is always greener on the other side” does preclude the probability of ever being fully content with what you have… right now.
Counter Point: Recognizing and appreciating what you have now is a critical component in the achievement process. The grass is always greener philosophy only leads to dissatisfaction when there is no real hope of continued self improvement and the very real possibility of having tomorrow what you desire today.
3. Point: You need to live in the here and now. The old adage that “a bird in the hand is worth than two in the bush” is dead on when it comes to goal setting. Your current job, relationship, finances, or possessions although not as rewarding as you would like them to be are certainly better than the idealistic “possibility” of a great and rewarding career, relationship, or abundant wealth.
Counter Point: Although living in the present is critical in our ability to appreciate the existing abundance in your life – the truth is we spend most of our time re-living the past or anticipating the future. We dream about the possibility of what life might be like down the road – a reflection of our innate desire for more. It is the “possibility” of something better that quite often keeps us going in the present.
4. Point: “You already have everything you deserve in life… don’t you?
Counter Point: Do you really? You know intuitively at your deepest core that you deserve more – you just don’t want to admit it. Admitting that you deserve more would require taking action – or living with knowing that you are settling for less than you deserve.
5. Point: Setting goals and focusing your attention, passion and effort on their achievement carry with it the very distinct and real possibility of risking even losing what you already have.
Counter Point: It is true that dividing your energy and focus when you are already juggling several balls could cause you to drop one or all. But the question is how long you can keep juggling before you drop the balls anyway. Although safety and security may appear to be your most overwhelming desire at the moment they are only the first level of on our pyramid of needs. Safety and security are far more likely to be obtained when you seek to achieve abundance.
6. Point: If God wanted you to have and be more he/she would have changed your circumstances already.
Counter Point: “God helps those who help themselves.” Ben Franklin was right – God wants us to make manifest our magnificence and will assist us in doing so when we take action. Faith is one thing – inaction based on waiting for God’s divine intervention is another.
7. Point: Why set goals and work hard to achieve them when you could very well win the lottery tomorrow.
Counter Point: Your odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are between 1 in 85 and 135 million. Not to mention the fact that you have a 50% greater chance of filing bankruptcy within 3-5 years of winning $150,000 or more in the lottery. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey never bet their future on the role of a wheel.
8. Point: You tried setting goals in the past, failed miserably to achieve them, and wound up frustrated and discouraged – so why try again? It’s a waste of time.
Counter Point: If you gave up the first time you tried to walk would you ever have learned to run? Like a servo mechanism you have the ability based on feedback to correct and continue. When you have a specific target getting off track provides you with the much needed feedback to ultimately hit your target. But without the decision to continue the feedback would have been worthless.
9. Point: You need to focus on your current job, your kids, your spouse and simply do not have the time to spend on something you know is never going to happen anyway.
Counter Point: Recognizing truly limiting beliefs like “it’s never going to happen anyway” or “I don’t have enough time” can be a huge asset in achieving something more. Most people never learn to recognize the internal monologue that keeps them from moving forward or achieving what they truly want in life. The truth is once you have identified what you truly want and that you want it for more than just yourself but rather for your family, your spouse, your employer or something bigger than you – you begin to realize how obsolete and dis-empowering those old bullshit beliefs really are and that they are nothing more than fear based excuses.
10. Point: Most people who set goals fail- so why should I be any different?
Counter Point: If you don’t realize how different you are then everyone else check your fingerprints against the 6 billion other people on the planet sometime. The majority of those 6 billion people doesn’t understand the…
Rules of Achievement and fail to achieve their goals for one or all of the following seven reasons.
1. They have not clearly identified what they TRULY want.
2. They don’t have a compelling enough reason for overcoming the obstacles needed to achieve it.
3. They over or underestimate how close they are to their objective.
4. They haven’t looked far enough down the road to identify what resources they are going to need.
5. They fail to recognize their progress and wind up frustrated and discouraged.
6. They don’t have a real or compelling enough vision of the intended outcome.
7. They don’t take the first step or consistent action toward its attainment.