It's all sunshine and roses to say, "Go after your goals! You can do anything!" Sure, this motivation can inspire us for a few minutes, hours, days, but it's ultimately fleeting. Yet, these exclamations are true...you should pursue your goals, you can do anything. So, how do we transform transient motivation into persistent, consistent action? How can we define and actually pursue goals that will lead to a fulfilling life.
From my experience, purpose-driven action and goal achievement is accomplished by way of a three-step process:
Step 1: Think Deep
Step 2: Put Pen to Paper
Step 3: Act
We all have goals, right? For most of us, they are like little floating bubbles in our head, wandering and hard to fully capture in their entire essence. Maybe we have a rough sense of what we'd like our life to look like in 3-5 years, what our next career move would be, our ideal physique. Great, that's a start. But, you must go a step further. You must realize that your goals, if they are to be accomplished, must align with your values.
This is where you must think deep. What takes precedence in your life? If you put your family above all else, you probably value connection and community. If you put your business or your job first, you likely value discipline and hard-work. This is the purpose of step one - defining your values, whatever they may be. Be honest with yourself.