When was the last time do you think you have a great achievement in your life? What is it? How do you feel? What do you think are the factors that made you such a great victory? Did other people agree on it or this is your personal feeling of achievement? How do you define achievement? What has to happen in order for you to feel achieving something? Have you consciously ever used visualization to bring your success? How did you do that? To answer these questions, we need to understand the steps of achieving something. Once we master them, we can repeat the process anytime with the result we aim for.
Before going into details how to achieve what we want, let me share with you some of my experiences on the achievement. Let look at what these three events have in common.
First event: Passing entrance exam to the college. In my country, almost thirty years ago, there were not that many universities. Entering university required an examination. The chance of getting into the university is around one in ten. In some faculty, the odd went down to one to a hundred. My faculty was around one to seventy. Coming from a not very wealthy family, I decided to pass to exam since I did not want to be a small shop owner like my parents. This feeling was so strong that I did not allow other possibility. I had to succeed and I did.
Second event: Back then when I was working as a sales rep, I was assigned to deal with a difficult customer. I spent time developed business with her and the progress was not so clear. One day I talked to my boss that I was not sure on the outcome. My boss emphasized that I had already spend a lot of time with this customer and she saw the potential on the project. She ordered that it must be done since there must be no excused for such a failure at that moment. Guess what, I had it done. I happily closed the deal with this customer.
Third event: When I was the division manager with a different company, my expatriate boss was moved to other country. In order to secure his performance, he gave the ultimate order that the budget had to be met. I took his command seriously, and I finally managed to achieve my budget.
Do you have the events similar to mine? What do you think the above three circumstances have in common? Let me give you the steps that happened.
1. I got the necessity. I had a need to do something. And the need is so strong that I need to make the commitment to achieve what I was supposed to do. If the reasons behind the necessity are strong enough, we will commit wholeheartedly. This is the first step to success.
2. I made the decision to do it. When I got the order, my brain started to asked, can I do it? I didn't know. But was it possible? Yes it was. How was it possible? Then I need to write up a plan what to do. Decision is the father of the action. When I decided to do it, nothing could deviate me from achieving what I want.
3. I massively took actions. I tried everything I could in order to make it work. I see no chance of failing. If there was no result that I wanted, I changed my approaches until I got it.
4. I persevered. I did not give up. When we decided on something and it was our commitment. It must be done.
5. I visualized. I practiced seeing my image achieving what I want.
These simple steps are the example from the real events in my life. What was your events and your strategy to achieve what you aimed for?