If we were to sit down for a chat at a cozy coffee shop, and I were to ask you, “What does success mean to you?” Could you answer that question confidently? Can you vividly picture yourself as a successful blogger, writer, podcaster, or coach? Or perhaps, do you have a vague inkling of your dreams but can’t quite put your finger on it? If your response leans towards the latter, it might be the root cause of your struggles.
Success begins in your mind’s eye. If you can’t envision it, you’ll find it challenging to reach it. Let me illustrate this with a story:
I recently came across a book where a woman was desperately trying to shed some extra pounds, but her efforts weren’t yielding any results. No matter what she tried, the weight clung to her stubbornly. When she was asked if she could see herself as a slim, healthy person, her response was a hesitant “no.”
The lack of a clear, positive self-image was her stumbling block. Because she couldn’t visualize herself as a fit, trim individual, her actions were perpetually sabotaged by her subconscious beliefs. Her mind was her own worst enemy in her pursuit of wellness.
This story exemplifies a fundamental principle: our brains detest vague destinations. If we’re not clear about what we want, our efforts tend to be aimless and ineffective. Regrettably, many of us spend more time programming our GPS navigation systems than we do programming our minds.
We yearn for success, but often we fail to articulate what that success actually looks like. It’s like setting off on a road trip without knowing the destination. How can you reach a place you can’t define? The answer is simple: you can’t.
So, what do you want in life? Do you want to be a renowned blogger, a prolific writer, a captivating podcaster, or a transformative coach? Or is your aspiration different but equally profound? Whatever it is, it’s crucial that you clarify your dreams, and then, write them down on a card.
This is your roadmap to success. This card becomes the beacon that guides your actions and decisions. You must read it regularly, allowing your brain to absorb and internalize your aspirations. In doing so, you’re telling your brain what you want, giving it a clear vision of your destination.
Without this clarity, you might be wandering through life, expending energy and time without a concrete purpose. But with a clear picture in your mind, you will have a target to aim for, a motivation to drive you forward, and a vision to keep you on track.
Success begins with a clear vision. It’s not enough to vaguely desire it; you must define it. Don’t let your dreams remain hazy abstractions in your mind. Write them down, breathe life into them, and read them regularly. Tell your brain what you want, and you’ll discover that your path to success becomes more accessible and achievable. So, what do you want? Get that card out, write it down, and make your dreams a reality.