Last night, as I lay in bed, I began thinking about my goals. Goals that are easy to acquire and goals that seem kind of, well, unattainable. As I lay in bed, I realized that any goal or anything for that matter is attainable and it comes down to one thing — hard work.
It truly is that simple. Hard work will get you to any goal that you want. Work, even in the simplest form will get you closer to what you want.
You may be saying to yourself, “I wish it was only that easy for me to see it like that.” Stay with me now. I have an answer for you.
It is just as easy for you, the one who dreams or wishes toward a better life or what you believe will be a better life, as it is for the person who you see accomplishing things all the time.
The difference is just as simple as attaining goals that seem unattainable. The reasons why you don’t work as hard for goals that you desire is because you are currently comfortable or satisfied with the life you have and mediocrity is the easy route or you aren’t fed up enough with your mediocre life that you have to really take significant action.
People who desire, who really desire change have goals that they want to attain so badly they eat, sleep, and breathe their goal.
I want to break this down into a smaller idea so you can fully grasp how “easy” but with hard work it is to get anything you want.
Think back to a food commercial you saw where the company was advertising something new on the menu. Think back to how that new pizza or that new burger looked so delicious that you began craving something you’ve never had before. You knew you wanted to try it. You kept telling yourself you wanted to try it. One day, you made your way to the restaurant and purchased that new food item that you’d been desiring.
Our days are made of very simple goals like this everyday. We complete many goals throughout our day without even thinking about it. To a child who makes no money, this goal may seem unattainable. It may be just a little more difficult but with a little hard work they’d be able to earn some cash. To a working person like yourself though, spending $10 on this meal seemed simple.
Now lets compare this to a goal that seems truly unattainable. Imagine wanting to play Michael Jordan, considered to be the greatest basketball players ever, in a game of one-on-one. Yeah right! That’ll never happen! Don’t tell Kenny Eller that though.
For the last couple of years, Kenny has been perfecting his game for this unattainable chance. So far, Kenny has had two encounters with MJ himself. Prior to that, none. He has yet to play Mr. Jordan but that isn’t stopping Kenny from chasing his goals and making it happen.
So what do my two examples have to do with each other? Both examples had goals that have never been achieved before. You’ve never had the food item before but desired it and Kenny has never played MJ before but desires to do so.
In the food example, you never thought just because you never had the food item that you couldn’t get it. It’s readily available at all participating restaurants. All you needed was the desire/craving, some cash, and a tiny bit of work of getting to the restaurant.
In Kenny’s case, his goal is a one of one. There’s only one Michael Jordan so attempting to get a game is a little more difficult but not impossible. Perfecting his game daily, writing his blog, and being at places MJ is are tools that he’s using to make this unattainable goal attainable.
The food item that you never had seemed attainable because you had the tools and the opportunity to get it. Although Kenny has never played Michael Jordan before he is setting himself up for his shot at being able to do so. For Kenny, the goal seems just as attainable as you mindlessly thought the food purchase would be.
When you start to realize that anything you want just takes some hard work and your desire to get it overwhelms your body and mind then you’ll see how “easy” it is. Change your thinking of what’s unattainable like playing Michael Jordan to the kind of thinking you think when buying the food item and the world is yours.
What will it take for you to get tired of living in mediocrity? What goals do you feel are unattainable to you because the risk it too big or it just seems impossible? Getting anything you want isn’t easy but putting in hard work will get you anything. It’s that simple.