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The Secret to Achieving Your Goals - Commitment

May 24, 2008
The secret to achieving your goals is commitment - something which is straightforward but not always easy to do.

Writing down your goals is one act and demonstration of commitment. You are clearly saying to yourself and the universe, "This is what I want."

Plus, the simple act of writing down your goals vastly increases the chances you will actually achieve those goals? Yet, relatively few people actually write down their goals.

So what stops people from writing down their goals and, in some cases, from even speaking their goals out loud?

The answer is FEAR.

In many cases they are afraid that they will not be able to achieve what they have said they wanted and so they prefer to yearn in secret.

Eventually, even that desire fades away as they slip into a mundane and routine existence.

They were right. They didn't achieve their goals. The goal was impossible to achieve. Or was it?

While it's true that writing down your goals helps you to achieve them, it is by no means a guarantee. When people fail to achieve their goals it is often because they were not absolutely committed to achieving those goals.

Without that absolute commitment then your goals are nothing more than empty promises and false hopes. There will be no actual plan of action to achieve your goals.

However, when you truly commit yourself to achieving your goals you redefine the meaning of impossible.

"All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now."
Pearl S. Buck

Here's an example that demonstrates what it means to be absolutely committed to achieving a goal.

In 2000, Robert Allen accepted a challenge to raise $24,000 on the Internet in 24 hours. Nowadays, that would be small change to the top Internet marketers but it remains, nonetheless, a respectable challenge; even daunting for some.

This is how Robert Allen went about it. His first step was to contact his marketing and Internet mentors and this is how he presented his challenge to his mentors:

"Suppose you have a goal to make $24,000 in 24 hours using the Internet. Suppose it's more than a goal - suppose, your life is on the line. If you succeed, you get to live. If you fail, you face the firing squad."

Do you think these mentors were committed to come up with a solution? You bet they were.

The result was that Robert Allen made $94,532.44 in 24hours and it didn't stop there, the money kept pouring in.

Remember the following if you have set yourself a tough goal to achieve:

"If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals."
Robert Conklin

However, there is one other secret ingredient to achieving your goals. It is desire. You have to truly want your goal. Without desire you will not be motivated to achieve your goal.

You have to have a burning passion for it otherwise you will never commit to achieving it.

"Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
Mario Andretti

What goal will you irrevocably commit to achieving?

As James Womack said:

"Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality."
About the Author
For more expert tips on how to strengthen your commitment and turn your dreams into reality simply send an email to goal_achiever@getresponse.com. Also visit Skyline Coaching Blog for other self improvement articles and resources.
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