There are three components for you to succeed and reach your goals, and they are competency, passion and character. Competency or capacity deals with the knowledge and skill set required for you to function effectively where you are called to be in life. Your passion is what fuels you and keeps you going even when things don’t look good. Finally your character keeps you standing against the negativity that may bring you down.
This post focuses on passion. For you to reach your goals and be successful at what God has called you to do, you must be passionate about it. As human beings, our desires determine where will expend our efforts. It really is difficult to pursue something that you’re not passionate about.
Many people have goals that are simply a good idea to them. I myself have fallen victim to this. Where I think of something that will be good for me to do, and I make it a goal to pursue, but the desire is not strong enough to pursue it and see it become a reality, so days become weeks, and then months, and the “goal” just remained a lofty idea that I thought would have been nice.
Here are a few things you can do to fuel your passion towards your goal.
1. Write it down. The process of writing something down in a clear and concise manner reinforces it subconsciously. Not only that, you are also able to see if what you’re shooting for makes sense on paper. You want to write it down in a way that you can glance through it and get the full picture of where you’re headed to. When it seems like the goal is getting blurry, you can always refer back to what you have written down.
2. Change your focus. What you focus on long enough will eventually become your reality. Within every one of us is a goal seeking mechanism. There is something that draws you towards an inner target you have set for yourself. If you dwell on a desire long enough, yielding to the actions that will lead you to it is only a matter of time.
If there is a goal or a calling you want to attain to, don’t focus on the limitations along the way because if you do so, those limitations will become your reality. Let the vision of the goal be what is strongest within you. Part of this is why you want to write down the goal.
3. Fuel your passion with your words. Proverbs 18:21 says that the power of life and death are in the tongue. Our words have the power to form and shape our future. The amount of self talk that we go through in a day have the power to either lead us to our destiny or stifle the passion we need to get there. You must consciously make sure you are speaking out loud the right words, words that affirm your destination.
Pay attention to your self talk. When you notice they are negative or in violation of what you’re working towards, make sure you speak out loudly and declare what it is that you have in your heart.
4. Get in a routine. The things that we do to get us to our destination are mostly routine. Over 70% of your daily activity is automatic. You can add routines to your life that are consistent with your passion. Initially they will require conscious effort, but it is said that it takes 21 days consistently doing the same thing everyday without fail to form a new habit.
Pay attention to the things that you do on your high as it relates to your passion, and make a list of those things. Then break them down into daily routines. This way you will realize that you are consistently making progress towards your goals. In turn your passion will constantly be fueled towards your goal.
Are you feeling discouraged? You don’t have to be, for as long as you have life on this earth, you’re still on a mission. Solomon said, “Anyone who is among the living has hope –even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!” (Eccl.9:4). Pick yourself up and begin to make another attempt towards the things that you truly desire in life!