A self-made billionaire by the name of HL Hunt was once asked to explain the secrets of his business success. His reply was quite simple yet powerful, because it provided a formula that anyone could follow to achieve lofty goals in life.
He simply stated that the very first thing you need to do is decide exactly what you want. This may sound simplistic, but when you think about it it is extremely unimportant. Most people do not take the time to identify the most important goals in life. They may have vague conceptions about what they want to achieve in the next few years such as “getting healthier” or “making more money” or “having a nice house.”
Most people simply do not identify specific goals that are measurable and can be broken down into a step-by-step plan. Part of the reason for this is that most people do not believe that setting goals is important, or they don’t believe that those goals can really be achieved. The interesting thing is that this reluctance to identify important goals can end up being the very reason why the goals are never achieved. It can end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Another reason why you must decide exactly what you want to achieve is that there are simply too many possibilities in today’s world. This reveals some of the wisdom behind Mr. Hunt’s statement. You cannot try to achieve everything you want to accomplish at once, and in fact you cannot try to achieve everything in a lifetime either. You have to decide what is most important and focus on those goals until they are achieved.
Mr. Hunt went on to say that you have to identify what you need to do in order to reach your goals. Stated another way, you will have to discover and truly understand the price you’ll have to pay in order to achieve success. You have to be firmly determined to pay that necessary price in order to achieve the goal.
Willingness is so important and yet so understated. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to do what it takes to achieve this– that is, you have to pay the price that is necessary. Instead of thinking of excuses or explanations why you can’t get something done, focus on the solution and start taking action now. Everyone wants to have some sort of major achievement in life, but very few people are willing to pay the necessary price in order to realize their full potential.