More often than not, I lie in my bed before I switch off the lights and call it a night, wondering what I would do if I ever had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back in time to give a younger me some insight. After all, perhaps I would not have run into so many roadblocks while building a company if only I had someone telling me then what I am telling myself now.
I am sure that many of you have been in a similar predicament and have wondered about the “what if” surrounding every day of our lives. However, it is important to remember that it is never too late, and although I have definitely applied this in my life, I do wish that I could have learned about it sooner. After all, the earlier, the better. Hence, today I am going to talk to you about one of the most important things that I wish I could tell the younger version of me.
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Why Most People Don’t Reach Their Goals
The 10X Rule written by Grant Cardone has truly been an important factor in my life (and in the lives of others, such as Brandon Turner). It taught me what the difference is between losing and winning, and I can now safely bet my bottom buck that nine times out of ten, the difference is truly made by the extra amount of work. The main concept surrounding Grant Cardone’s life changing book is that you will be able to succeed in anything you do if you are able to leverage 10X method with OPM, OPE and OPT (other people’s money, expertise, and time).
Time and time again, I hear about people being unable to succeed in hitting their goals. There are really only three main reasons why people do not hit their targets:
- First, their persistence, drive, and ambitions are not up to speed.
- Second, with fear consuming them, they are face a serious roadblock on their path to success.
- Third, they set goals that are too “realistic” — and that end up being subpar.
Shooting for Higher, Better Goals
Stretching my goals has become a major factor in my real estate success. Instead of shooting for acquiring 50 properties for buy and hold, I shoot for 500, causing me to take the necessary actions to accomplish such goals. This could mean submitting 100+ offers on listed properties or sending out 1,000+ direct mail letters (weekly). The main idea is that if you set goals too low, then the actions that you take to achieve them will be far too low as well. So spend time dedicating yourself to a worthy goal, aim above and beyond, and this will naturally reflect on your actions, allowing your path to reveal itself.
These pesky little buggers never cease to eat away at the back of your mind. The negativity that surrounds and consumes you leads to a never-ending stream of excuses, causing you to try and justify poor performances. By simply learning how to control them, you will find yourself being able to jump over a lot of roadblocks that you never could in the past.
Ultimately, you are the creator of your destiny. Set high goals and take the necessary action to achieve them. You will be far better off aiming high than aiming “realistically” in the long run.