Many people ask me how I achieve my goals. I tell them that I have no magic wand to make goals happen. To achieve goals and success I follow the 3 P’s – Passion, Planning, and Persistence.
Last summer, I came up with a goal that I wanted to achieve. Many people thought I was crazy and that it was unattainable. My goal was to get former UK Home Secretary, Mr. David Blunkett, brought over to Ireland to discuss the issue of disability and politics. In the UK, Mr. David Blunkett, a man who is totally blind, reached the position of former UK home secretary. I find this inspirational. It’s a pity that same hasn’t happened in Ireland. I went about achieving my goal/passion by planning various tasks that I needed to do. I made a lot of phone calls, sent a lot of emails and even travelled to London last September to meet Mr. Blunkett to discuss with him my passion for wanting him to come to Ireland. There was times where I wanted to give up because sending lots of emails and phone calls can becoming time consuming. However, I never gave up. I kept persisting. This Friday my goal will be achieved as Mr. Blunkett will be speaking at Croke Park for a National Disability Authority event. I have also been invited to the event as a panel speaker. This is proof that passion, planning, and persistence really does pay off.
When you feel passionate about what you are doing, you radiate energy. Passion is magnetic. Passion makes you set goals high. It gives confidence. When you’re passionate, you seek out what you want. This is because you know what you want. If you don’t know what you want, it’s impossible to know what you want. Passionate people excite others; they tend to make great first impressions. They make what they want clear and people take notice. Wanting something passionately produces circumstances that lead to getting it. A passionate person will get what he/she wants much more quickly than an unpassionate person.
Plans are essential to our goals. Think of it like a journey. You make the goal to go to a distant city then you make plans, a map of how to get to your destination. Plans for your goals are the same. You set a goal then you make a plan or an outline of how to reach that goal.
Any great accomplishment that has ever been achieved has been brought about and made possible by an all important trait called persistence. Think of persistence like knocking on opportunity’s door. Opportunity is there and will answer because your persistence will wear it down eventually.
When you’ve achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement, and observe the progress that you’ve made towards other goals. If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately. All of this helps you build the self-confidence you deserve.
Beginning the day with a purpose and a plan increases your chances of success. The number one reason people fail to achieve their goals is because they allow themselves to make excuses for not doing what they know they should do. Do what you know you should do each day even when you feel like not doing it. Make a commitment that you will not make excuses under any circumstances. Instead of excuses strive for excellence.
Sinead Kane – The Kane Ability, Motivational Speaker