You’ve had lots of different goals, right? You’ve written them down, posted them on your refrigerator, read them every morning, dreamed about them during the night, and worked on them during the day. Yet if you were honest, you would have to admit that most of your goals have never been met. And if you were REALLY honest you would have to admit that you didn’t achieve your goals because you didn’t really want to – they weren’t that important.
But you have been successful in some areas. I’m willing to bet that the important achievements of your life you accomplished without even thinking about them as goals. You did them because you wanted to.
You did them because you wanted to. That’s quite a statement, isn’t it? In the final analysis it is not the goals you set but the passions you own that cause you to achieve.
Achievement, you see, is about one thing: extra effort. No one goes the extra mile, works overtime, fights one more round, practices another hour, ignores defeat, disregards discouraging reports, learns another skill, alters the way they do business or changes their behavior unless they really, really want to.
External goals may help us, vision boards may challenge us, affirmations may remind us, but only our internal, self-chosen passions will drive us forward and cause us to achieve.
Think about this, my friend: When you are in pursuit of your passions nothing can stop you. You may fall down many times, you may face powerful enemies who delay your progress, and you may work long and hard and all alone. But if you are in pursuit of your passions you are doing what you want to do, what you believe in, so you have little need for external goals.
The question isn’t so much, “What are you goals?” The question is, “What are your passions?” Goals may excite you and challenge you for a moment, but passions will compel you to begin, sustain you in suffering, nourish you in weakness and smile on you in achievement.
We all want a lot of things, but many of them we don’t want badly enough to give them any extra effort. You are more likely to get what you want if it is a burning passion within you, if you’re willing to put in some extra effort.
Achievement, you see, is about one thing: extra effort.