As we start this brand-new year many of us have new goals and dreams we want to accomplish. I was looking over mine, and I began to wonder how I would fit in the time for all of them.
That led me to question myself: How bad do I want it? If I truly desire to accomplish these goals, I need to establish what I’m willing to do to get there. What am I willing to sacrifice?
Thinking about this brought a Tim McGraw song to my mind, which just so happens to be called “How Bad Do You Want It?” (I don’t care if you hate country music. Just please, look up that song and listen to it.)
Part of it goes like this: “Are you eating, sleeping, dreaming with that one thing on your mind?”
Do you have a goal like that? Are you so passionate about something that it’s on your mind throughout your day? Are you dreaming about it? Are you waking up thinking about it? Are you telling people about it?
What are you doing to accomplish it? Are you pushing it aside because you don’t have the time, the money, or the knowledge for it?
Well, how bad do you want it?
Do you not have the time, or are you not willing to give up your time somewhere else for it? Is that TV show more important than your dream? Is spending an hour scrolling through a social media account getting you closer to it? Are you willing to get up an hour earlier, or stay up an hour later? Do you have 20 minutes? Do what you can, even if it’s just 20 minutes. (And thank you, Terri Savelle Foy, for the 20-minute tip) Stop looking at the time you don’t have, and start making better use of the time you do have.
Do you not have the money for it? What are you doing to save it? Can you skip that latte or that lunch out? Can you pick up some extra hours at work? Can you find ways to cut your expenses? What are you willing to sacrifice financially to work towards that dream?
Do you not know how to do it? In this age, we have numerous resources available at our fingertips. Find articles, videos, online classes, whatever it takes to learn what you need to know. Know somebody who has been there or done that? Then reach out to them and learn from their experiences.
I’ve heard people complain about wanting to lose weight. Then I watch them eat things they shouldn’t be eating, or they say they don’t have time to work out. I’ve heard others say things like, “I wish I could afford to do that,” or “I wish I could save money like that.” Then they spend money on things they don’t need and say they just can’t give that up. Do you know what that tells me? They don’t want it bad enough. They don’t want to lose the weight bad enough to put down the unhealthy food or get up and go for a walk. They don’t want to save money bad enough to not buy that bottle of booze, pop, energy drink…whatever it is.
I’m going to be making some sacrifices in the coming days, weeks, and months…
I’ve got decisions to make. It’s time for me to stop whining about it and do something about it.
Now, for those who have kids, you might be ready to tell me I don’t understand because I don’t have kids yet. I have a husband though, and we need our time together. I’m not telling you to sacrifice family time. There’s going to be a point where my phone gets put aside in the evening because my marriage is more important than social media. That is something I am working on. What can you work on in order to still have your family time and carve out “me time” for your goals and dreams?
It’s possible. Plenty of others have accomplished their goals and dreams starting with similar situations as you.
So, I’ll ask you again. How bad do you want it?
Be a goal-getter!