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The first success mantra from Ziglar is to set specific goals because goals help you focus.
Ziglar wants you to set the following types of goals:
Once your goals are in place, you can develop a plan on how to achieve them. Find out what obstacles you face, the skills you need to learn, and the people you need to meet in order to achieve your goals.
“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.”
Imagination (or seeing things using your mind’s eye) is the most powerful tool at your disposal . You can achieve miracles if you use this tool properly.
So take a few moments daily to relax, clear your mind and actually visualize yourself living the type of life you intend to live. See yourself with the nice things you want in your life such as owning a house or taking a vacation. While you are doing this, bring some emotion into your body to mimic the emotions you would feel when you actually achieve your dreams.
A powerful tactic to ensure that you achieve your daily goals is to plan your day first thing in the morning. You can sit in silence and simply visualize all the things you are going to do today and how you are going to do it. As you visualize your day this way, you are filled with positive energy that will motivate you to utilize your time perfectly and take the right action.
“ If you want to reach your goal, you must see it, be able to smell, touch and taste it, know how it looks and what it feels like in your own mind.”
“Every morning, run through your mind the things you are going to be doing. As you plan the day, as you think of all the things you have got to be excited about, it really does renew your energy.”
Ziglar is right in pointing out that, motivation doesn’t last forever, but habits once formed, last forever. As human beings, we are creatures of habit. Habit-forming is difficult in the beginning, but it’s formed, you start doing it effortlessly.
Substitute your bad habits with good ones. For instance, a good habit would be getting up early in the morning, planning your day, and working for 1 to 2 hours without giving in to distractions. Remember that habits are formed once you repeatedly do something for 21 consecutive days.
“ Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.”
If deep inside, you do not believe that you have what it takes to reach your goals, then you will never reach them. Therefore, it is crucial that you believe in your abilities and back yourself up to reach your goals. Whenever thoughts of self-doubt arise, do not pay them any heed and instead shift your focus to empowering and uplifting thoughts of self-belief.
“ Before you can reach that goal, it is true that whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are generally right.”
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