Successful People Are In It For the Long Haul
Big goals take time, which means it can be especially hard to stick to them when they require both time and sacrifice. The good news is that once you stick with a goal and succeed, the next goal gets a little easier. You already know you can be successful — and knowing that is half the battle.
Instead of seeing yourself reaching a big goal “someday”, you’re frequently rewarded with a series of smaller successes. And if you have a setback or don’t succeed at one of the mini-goals along the way, it’s not devastating. You’re more likely to persist despite a setback — which of course means you’re more likely to succeed at your overall goal.
Another key to maintaining momentum over the long haul is to make the end really clear in your mind. Spend time every day imagining what your life will be like when you reach your goal.
Don’t just think “oh, it’ll be so nice when we get our house paid off” (or whatever your goal is). Instead, go into more detail, and talk about it with others who share your goal or who will cheer you on. For example, when we get our house paid off, we’ll be able to live on a ridiculously small amount of money. That means we’ll be able to quit our jobs if we feel like it, travel the world on a whim, invest more, etc.
Really picture doing it, and you’ll be motivated to keep at it.
Are you in it for the long haul?