Without imagination we are unable to see into tomorrow, without imagination we must live with our pains and are forced to live the day-to-day reality hopelessly. With imagination we are able to establish a vision and more able to customize ourselves to acquire the tools needed to thrive in tomorrow’s world. With vision and imagination we are able to project the potential concerns and able to make the changes needed to succeed.
Imagination and a creative approach to problem solving is essential but without willpower nothing is possible.
Willpower is everything. Its the ability to do what needs to be done rather than doing what would be prefferred as more enjoyable. Life isn’t easy. One of my favorite sayings is from a Billy Ocean song “when the going gets tough the tough get going”. Willpower is the ability to perservere through hard times, through struggles and adversity; its the difference between someone reaching their potential or not.
Willpower is action and without action we are left in our minds to speculate. Refuse to speculate choose to participate instead.
Participate by creating a plan of action:
- Stop to consider where you want to see yourself within 1 year, 3 years and 5+ years.
Determine what you hope to have accomplished within these periods of time.
- Fill in the gaps
What are your strengths and weaknesses and where can you improve?
Determine which skills are necessary and which are irrelevant moving forward.
What will need to be learnt that could potentially increase earning potential?
- Be proactive
Consider all the threats and situations that may arise. Have strategies planned for dealing with these issues.
- Determine short, medium & long term goals. Be realistic and reasonable.
“God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” – Reinhold Niebuhr.
- Create milestones & rewards
Break down each goal step-by-step. Determine a proper course of action in order to have these goals accomplished within the given timeframe. Reward yourself in new and exciting ways when you finish on time.
- Revise, Re-evaluate and Reorganize.
Determine whether your plan of action was reliable and efficient.
What worked? What didn’t work? What could have been done better?
Your plan of action is a rule of measurement which we can more precisely evaluate or progression towards our goals. Be realistic with your plan. If you refuse to follow your plan of action don’t expect to reach your goals, its your choice.
Your plan of action should inspire the next step towards your vision. Actions should never wander aimlessly because the next step is clear and specific.
“Where there is no vision there is no hope” – George Washington Carver
Decide on a vision and do everything within your power to get there. Be resourceful overcome and persevere. All you have is this moment. Your future is created by what you do now not tomorrow. Don’t sell yourself short of what you’re worth. Love yourself, take action and begin now.