By Patricia Arawore
The path to success and wealth usually begins with a vision propelled by your talents and gifts and made possible byÂ your determination to succeed. Hopefully, by now, you must have a clear definition of what wealth means to you. Is itÂ about just being comfortable? For example, having enough to cover your needs and a little in the bank forÂ emergencies? Or you like to acquire cars, houses, portfolio investments, or even become mega rich, with millions andÂ billions at your disposal? Wouldnâ€˜t that be nice? The truth though, is that to get wealthy, you must know exactlyÂ what you want, and if possible, put a figure to it. This will help you to determine how much energy, time orÂ resources you require to achieve your target.
To get to the place of financial freedom however, it is important that you set definite goals for yourself, asÂ signposts to your journey, knowing that, as you achieve each one of your goals, you move closer to your vision. ThereÂ is also the added advantage that it motivates you, keeps you focused, prevents you from running round in circles,Â with the hope that one day it will get better. To have a vision of being wealthy is one thing, to actually desire toÂ be wealthy is another. The former gives you an idea of what you would like to be in some future date, with noÂ commitments to your time, talent or energy, whereas the latter is a definite statement of commitment andÂ determination.
Goals are tangible, dated, specific, targeted and measurable. They translate wishes into actual results, and theyÂ transform â€œSOMEDAYâ€ to â€œNOWâ€. I have heard great fantasies from different people whose wishes range from living inÂ castles to flying their own airplanes, and spending billions and billions of Dollars. Ask them how this will happen,Â and they will be quick to recite the following verses of the Bible: â€œMy God shall supply all my needs according toÂ His riches in gloryâ€â€¦Phil. 4:19, or â€œGod richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoymentâ€â€¦1 Tim.Â 6:17. Some others will even go further to tell you that â€œHe that believeth shall not make hasteâ€ and â€œBeloved, I wishÂ above all things that may prosper even as thy soul prospers.â€3 John 2, and so on.
However, such people conveniently ignore some other important sections of the Bible that say â€œGo to the ant, thouÂ sluggard: consider her ways and be wise; which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer,Â and gathereth her food in the harvestâ€¦yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands tenderethÂ to povertyâ€..Prov.6:6-10
The truth is that such people are simply held back either by the fear of failing or the reality of getting what theyÂ want due to their feeling of inadequacy. There is always a right time for everything. Set a date to make your dream aÂ reality, rather than procrastinating. If you have a vision or a dream that you have been putting off, I advice thatÂ it is time to break the jinx; set your goals and get the ball rolling. In seeking your goals, it is important toÂ remember the following rules:
Your goal must be specific. Simply put, you must know exactly what you want to achieve. Take the story ofÂ Nigeria-born Lanre Olotu whose vision was to own a Printing company in New York. He had acquired a lot of experienceÂ working at the family printing press in Nigeria and later trained at London College of Printing and at RochesterÂ Institute of Technology. To achieve his desire, Olotu approached 15 banks for a start-up loan. He could not succeedÂ in his quest because the banks required at least $200,000 contribution in order to grant the loan. A sum Olotu didÂ not have. Determined to make his dream come through, Olotu set a goal for himself. Thus, within the next two years,Â working weekdays and weekends, he was able to raise the $200,000 contribution required by the bank. With that OlotuÂ secured the loan and was able to achieve his dream and purchased an established Printing Press in New York. Note thatÂ Olotuâ€˜s goal was realistic. He had the required experience and technical know-how, and also set a time frame for theÂ attainment of that goal.
The second is that your goal must be attainable according to your personal profile. In Olotuâ€˜s case, having acquiredÂ experience in the family printing press and going further to arm himself academic qualifications from two reputableÂ institutions of learning , he was no doubt qualified and capable to own and successfully run his own printingÂ business.
Your goal must also be realistic. By this, I mean setting a goal of becoming the Chief Executive of a multi-nationalÂ company within the next one year, when you are presently a Management Trainee is definitely unrealistic. However, ifÂ you were a General Manager in the same firm, the prospect of attaining such a position would be more realistic. QuiteÂ often though, there have been some extra-ordinary situations where reality has been totally defied, and things thatÂ were regarded totally unrealistic became a reality. For example, the invention of an airplane by the Wright brothers.
Your goal must also be time-based. Every goal must have a completion date attached to it, if not, it would end up asÂ a mere intention that is continually postponed, and crippled by the tomorrow-tomorrow syndrome. But by dating yourÂ goal, you commit your intention to calendar realities, which helps you achieve your ambition rather than watching itÂ slip away.
Finally, your goal must be measurable. That simply means that you should be able to determine or count the outcome ofÂ your objective.
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