Ponder your path to success

My Musical Mishap

When I was in 5th grade I was taking trombone lessons with my middle school music teacher. It was going pretty good until one day when I forgot to attend. She dropped me from that class, and for decades I did not pick up another instrument even though I really wanted to learn to play one.

Setting aside the conversation on teachers and their relationship to student motivation for another day, I told that story to say this: if you’ve got a plan to accomplish something then you can’t let anything stop you. I could have discussed it with her, told my parents about it, gotten another music tutor somehow, or been insistent that she not drop me from class. Instead: one bump in the road and I let it upset my whole cart.

What are you looking to achieve?

“Leave nothing to chance” is a phrase that many of us have heard. Truthfully I don’t believe in chance. There will always be someone making the decisions that affect your life: your boss, your relatives, your friends or spouse—even strangers can make the decisions for you if you choose to do nothing with your life. When you don’t have a plan you end up drifting through life accomplishing nothing that you desire to do and end up with a life you regret.

Who’s running this show?

At no point, however, is your life beyond your control to change. If you’re living a life of regret there are steps you can take to move from regret to satisfaction. The first step is to lock in your focus on the goal you want to reach. What are you striving for? Do you: want to be debt free, save up and invest, learn something new, etc.? Whatever it is you have to identify it, claim it, plan on achieving it! You cannot hope, wish, consider, or dream for it only. You must make a choice: you either plan on getting it, or pine forever and regret it.

Place it on a sure foundation

With your focus straight on the new goal you set you must move on a level path headed straight for it. There can be no detours off the path. If you lose focus you will lose control! Make each step count: you must get closer to achieving your goal with every step you take. So do some research—find out the steps other people have taken to achieve that goal. What’s consistently a “best practice” in that situation? We’re looking for best practices here, not something that will side-track us.

You’ve got to set those plans into concrete! They must be “incontrovertible”—nothing will stop you and change how you are going to change your life for the better, and reach that point where you can help other people make the difference in their own life.

My family has done it—we’re debt free and in a good place financially. We’re getting a better life: one where we can keep our head above water, and soon be able to help others meet their needs as well. Achieving your goals is possible if you follow the above steps: (1) Lock your eyes on your target goal (2) Plan out how you are going to achieve the steps leading up to that goal (3) Don’t get sidetracked!.
The final step is this: bad times are going to come. Something will slow you down. Here’s the surprise: you don’t have to let it. If something has stopped your plan or trying to interrupt your plan—you can be the one to stop it. Part of achieving your goal is protecting it, and making sure it happens.

Proverbs 4: 25 – 27: “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil”.

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