“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”—Zig Ziglar
Do you feel that you lack discipline and grit? It’s more likely you’re suffering from a lack of motivation.
When you don’t have a vision for the future that excites and motivates you—a compelling outcome—it’s very challenging to keep putting in the time and effort necessary to accomplish a big goal. Without a compelling future, each step forward can feel like torture.
You can create a highway to your dreams by having a clear and compelling outcome in mind. Whenever your motivation is lagging, you can return to that picture and remember what you’re working towards.
Create a Compelling Outcome for Every Goal
Sit down and make a list of all of your goals. It’s important to have a compelling outcome for each goal. Make your outcome as appealing as possible while still being realistic. Focus on what you will feel and experience when you accomplish that goal.
For example, pretend that you have a goal of losing 25 pounds. What will you experience when you complete that goal? You might imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and admiring your new body.
You might also imagine wearing a smaller size, fitting into clothes you used to wear before you gained weight, and receiving compliments from others. You could also imagine feeling proud that you were able to accomplish this goal.
A compelling outcome should include all of your senses
What will you see, hear, feel, smell, and think when you accomplish your goal? What is the air temperature in your surroundings? Who will be there? Fill in every possible detail and it will be more realistic to your brain. Make it a complete experience.
Your compelling outcome will improve over time. You’re unlikely to get it perfect after the first attempt. Keep adding details and changing things around until you find the perfect version.
Revisit your compelling outcome at least once each day
Be sure to spend a few minutes visualizing this compelling outcome each day. Even better would be two or more times each day. Keep it fresh in your mind.
When you’re feeling stuck, relax, and think about your compelling outcome
Your compelling outcome is a tool to be used whenever necessary. If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to do something, use your compelling future to provide a boost of motivation.
When faced with decisions in your life, remember your compelling outcomes
It’s much easier to make choices when you remember what you’re trying to accomplish. Imagine that you’re a writer with a goal of writing the world’s greatest novel, and you’re not sure if you should buy House A or House B.
It’s as simple as asking yourself which living situation will make it more likely for you to reach your desired outcome.
The right decision becomes much clearer when you have a compelling outcome to serve as a guide. When you aren’t clear on what you’re trying to accomplish, how can you make an effective decision?
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”—Earl Nightingale
Compelling outcomes are like a guiding star and a source of motivation that are always available. Our minds work in pictures, so have a clear and exciting vision for your future.
Creating a vision also forces you to clearly define what you desire for your life. Many people are foggy about their desired outcomes.
Without a compelling vision for your future, you’re standing still. Define what you want for your life. Ensure that it’s motivating and use it to your advantage each day. What do you want your future to look like?