“What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar
Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself
Recently, I took a moment to watch two relatively short TEDx videos. Derek’s was about the importance of keeping our goals close to the vest and not dissipating the momentum or energy of the goal by over-sharing it with others. The second video (below) spoke about that all consuming word – Passion. Larry suggests that we make excuses about pursuing our passion or we settle for less and that unless we act, we won’t accomplish much. It would be interesting to hear how you have applied both in your life. Hence the question: What have you discovered about goals and passion? (abbreviated in my post title). I was raised in a culture where we kept our dearest and deepest goals a secret until the work was done and the goal accomplished. The belief was that when we share too much, we attract negative, envious energy that can derail our plans. Or as Derek points out, by sharing our goals, we trick the brain into believing the goal is accomplished and it’s time to move on to other goals.
While I can’t 100% prove the veracity of that belief, what I’ve discovered over the years is that when I’ve put my mind to a thing and worked quietly on it, it bore fruit. When I’ve shouted a plan all over town, sometimes it didn’t. Anecdotal? Sure, but I suspect there might be some truth to the premise. Of course, a distinction is made between standard goals and treasured goals and it’s up to us to figure out which carries the most weight. For instance, for some, going to college is a standard goal but running a radio station might represent their deeper goal. Before I go further, I’d say that we are all born with innate talents and gifts. Motivation, focus, hard work, serendipity and other factors help shape our progress. What do you think? More below!
“If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.” Oprah Winfrey
Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career
We’ve all heard the seemingly simple line “find/follow your passion.” Perhaps it is such a powerful mantra because few are born with a clear passion for something. Most of us trudge through life trying to figure out what we are/can get passionate about or developing skills and building talents we hope/plan to get passionate about. Some of us might find a purpose in life; accidentally or through effort, and others of us will spend many years pondering when our passion boat will arrive or simply accepting that we aren’t passionate enough about anything to give it our energy 24/7… I’d like to say that is okay as long as we follow our heart and are at peace with our decision to just be. What I’ve always found fascinating is hearing stories about successful people who discovered a talent or passion by accident. How could that be? Perhaps, the innate talent was dormant and it took an event or some inner prompting to make it manifest… Is this a viable option for all of us? More below.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” Jim Rohn
Another conversation that has evolved from this notion of achieving our goals and self discovery (our passion) is that when people are struggling to survive, to find food and shelter, any thought of pursuing a passion drops by the wayside and is replaced by the spirit of practical invention; survival by all means necessary. But when we consider it further, we can say that such desperation for life and survival can lead to the development of tools and skills that become a life long passion… How would we ever know what our passion is if we don’t engage in living life and trying out things? I believe we do engage even when that life seems to be one of quiet desperation. In desperate times we discover our métier; our calling, our resilience for life. I still have questions and new discoveries to make on this subject but for now, I’d like to end on an encouraging note. Whether you’ve discovered your passion or not, don’t stop believing!
What about you? What are your thoughts? What have you discovered about goals and passion? Do you find yourself eager to start a project? What helps you achieve your goals? What impact has a passion for life/success/accolade had on you? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Our passion for life could be quiet or effervescent. Our goals could be same… choose and make peace with it.
- Throw Away Your Vision Board (psychologytoday.com)
- Following your passion – Easier said than done (businessesgrow.com)
- Living Out Your Passion (socyberty.com)
- Total Career Success – Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar Inc. on Success 2.0 – The Next Generation (prweb.com)
- Get What You Want in Life (dwomoh.wordpress.com)
- Musings: Creating Balance In Life… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Musings: In Brief… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Musings: Other Faces of Beauty… (eof737.wordpress.com)