The journey from "I'd like" to "I am" begins with the desire to change but only ends successfully with the will to see it through.
- I'd like to get up earlier in the morning.
- I'd like to get fit.
- I'd like to lose that extra 15-50+ I've got on.
- I'd like to get a new job.
- I'd like to get promoted.
- I'd like to travel more.
- I'd like to have more money.
- I'd like to be happy.
I know so many people that "would like" so much ...
In fact, these are all great things we'd all like! It comes down to ..
How BAD do you want it?
One of my favorite movies that best illustrates the pursuit of change is the Pursuit of Happyness. Will Smith plays an aspiring financial broker who is "broker than broke" but possesses an iron will to move from "I'd like" to "I am". Will is not only herculean in his effort to live and become his dream, he sets an example to his kid that we should all set with our children. Protect your dreams and go after them. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. When you have agreed this is your fate, it is YOU who is accepting you can't do something and WON'T do it.
If you haven't seen the movie, watch it. It's inspiring.
Oh, if I had the magic pill or answers to how to make your dreams and goals happen, I'd be a wealthy woman.
It comes down to sheer hard work, an iron will to see it through and putting yourself in a position to succeed.
Some questions, though, that you can ask yourself.
1. Why do I want this? Is my motivation clear and pure? Am I doing this for the right reasons?
2. Am I prepared? Do I know what it takes to go from "I'd like" to "I am"?
3. Who am I putting in my camp to support me? Am I learning from the right people?
4. Do I want it bad enough?
There have been times in my life and in my career that I wanted something so much I went after it and it meant that other things had to go: other people, their drama, and my own drama!
And don't kid yourself...change is so unpopular.
It's not because it's not the right thing to do. It's usually because you're doing it and someone else is watching from the sidelines with no courage to do it themselves.
I call that "I don't want it bad enough."
People who change make themselves and the world better. They are remarkable, brave courageous, creative, original, and downright successful because they have doubled-down on the best stock they own: themselves.
As Eric Thomas says, "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, you will be successful."
Good luck my friend. The world belongs to people who show up and work their asses off. Just keeping going.
What are you doing today to make your goals happen? What's holding you back? How bad do you want it?