Sometimes people come to an Astrologer because they want to know when the planets will align to make their dreams come true. During reward and trigger transits, the reward you get is in proportion to the work you have put forth. You have to create some kind of path for opportunity to find you. There has to be action, some plan, or else any goal you have is merely a wish floating out amongst all your other wishes. In short, you have to create the right conditions for your dreams to materialize.
New Years is a time when many people revisit their goals or create new ones. Don’t feel pressured to make New Years the only window of time to begin something. If you live North of the equator, you’re in the middle of winter. This is prime time for planning, preparing, and strategizing – not jumping to full intensity.
There’s a lot that can be said on what it takes to succeed, but I want to simplify it to four basic principals. The recipe for tackling anything: focus, persistence, patience, and competence.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is staying focused and committed to a goal. Often times people stop making progress because their time and attention becomes sidetracked by other activities. The most successful people have unshakable focus and don’t dilute their attention with the endless distractions available to us today.
- Focus is saving your money towards your goal instead of spending it on things that move you away from your goal.
- Focus is using that extra hour towards your dream instead of swiping through Instagram or watching TV
- Focus is having a clear vision for exactly what you want, not a vague idea. It’s hard to shoot and aim if you don’t know what you’re aiming for.
It’s similar to discipline but it also involves getting your priorities straight. Hold onto your vision and prioritize the activities that put you closer towards your goal.
Like a tender sapling, most of your efforts just need consistent care and time until they start bearing fruit. Many people give up or put things off, and before long another year or two has gone by and they’re nowhere closer to learning a new language, switching careers, or taking a trip. You have to stick to one thing in order to persist, not jump from one thing to the next looking for quick success.
Do not underestimate the power of small steps and consistent effort. More than anything, it’s the baby steps and persistence that will take you where you want to go.
Even if your steps are small, as long as you keep going you will make progress. Don’t get discouraged, just do what you can and don’t quit. There’s more significance in small, steady effort than irregular spurts of action. Small steps pay off. Consistency pays off. Not only does it pay off, but consistently meeting tiny goals builds confidence and discipline too.
This brings me to the next thing:
It can be hard staying motivated when the results aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like. Because of the internet and media, there tends to be an illusion of overnight success. But let me tell you that there is no get-rich-quick scheme that works, and nothing that lasts was built in a day. Even when it appears that someone achieved instant success, you have to consider the years of planning, education, savings, practice, or sacrifices that happened behind the scenes.
Patience and persistence go hand-in-hand. Patience is understanding that you can only do the best you can each day and that things will materialize in time. Patience is the graceful response to things that are outside your control!
One step at a time, never stopping, enjoying the present journey but hopeful for the future. This will take you from the path into living your dreams.
Most people I talk to possess competence but struggle with focus, patience, and persistence. However, equipping yourself with knowledge, skill, and resourcefulness will help get you to your destination faster. If your goal involves improving a skill, that is also part of competence.
If your goal is something like starting a business, getting a promotion, relocating, or starting a podcast, then do your research. The internet is full of professionals who teach others how to get what they got.
There’s much more that can be said on meeting goals and finding success, but these are the fool-proof principals. If you’re easily overwhelmed or you get bogged down with trying to think too many steps ahead, just stick to these four. With focus, persistance, patience, and competence, success is imminent.