Everyone, including you, wants to be successful. It’s part of human nature to want to improve and be better than you were yesterday. You may want riches, you may want fame, you may want to change the world…but do you have a plan to get what you want? Do you have clarity of purpose to know exactly what you want and how you will achieve it? If not, you’re just shooting arrows in the dark, hoping to hit your target. I’d like to talk about ways to improve your chances of achieving your goals.
A Lesson from Tony Robbins
Motivational speaker Tony Robbins tells the story of an encounter he had with a homeless man many years ago that helps to illustrate the clarity of purpose. Robbins was at the start of his career on the seminar circuit. He had just finished a three day seminar in Boston and it was late in the evening, around midnight. The seminar had gone so well that Robbins was “too wired” to go to sleep so he went for a walk around Boston’s Copley Square.
Naturally, the streets were deserted at that hour but eventually he saw a homeless man coming towards him and thought the man would ask him for some money. As expected, the homeless man asked Robbins for a quarter. Robbins thought he might be able to teach the man something and asked him if that was really all he wanted. The man said yes and that one quarter “would change his life.” Robbins reached into his pocket, where he kept 3 one hundred dollar bills in a money clip. The hundred dollar bill technique was taught to him by his mentor, Jim Rohn. The idea behind it was that even if you don’t have money, seeing the hundred dollar bills would change your psychology and train your brain to think rich instead of poor. As a result, you would attract more money and success.
Robbins proceeded to make a big show of flipping through the hundred dollar bills and fishing around for a quarter. He wanted to see the man’s reaction to the money, and sure enough, the man followed the money attentively. Eventually, Robbins found a quarter and handed it to the man while telling him, “Sir, life will pay any price you ask of it.” The man was befuddled and looked at the quarter, then up to Robbins and said, “You’re weird”. He then walked away.
Robbins then asks, what’s the difference between himself and the homeless man? Was he blessed because he was a better person? Was it luck? No, the difference was that he knew exactly what he wanted and he was actively pursuing his mission in life.
In short, he had clarity of purpose and the homeless man didn’t. The homeless man didn’t know what he wanted in life and asked for very little. He didn’t know that “life will pay any price you ask of it.”
But You Have Got To Know How to Ask!
The key, according to Robbins, is to ask intelligently. He points out that the Biblical quote, “Ask and you shall receive”, is a lot different than, “Whine or Bitch and you shall receive.” He goes on to point out ways to make your “asking” more effective: be specific, have a purpose and have a plan.
Be Specific: A general goal of making more money might only get you an extra dollar. Your mind can be trained and conditioned to focus on and achieve specific goals. If you get specific and say, “I want to make $100,000 per year starting this year”, your mind will figure out a way to get there. Clarity is power. Most successful people have what Robbins calls an “RPM Plan” which increases their power and allows them to achieve their goals faster. The key to an RPM plan is to know exactly what you want so your brain can focus on it like a laser.
Have a Purpose: Once you have a goal in mind you will suddenly start to see obstacles come up which stand in your way of achieving your goal. Unless you have an overriding purpose in mind that gives you enough emotional power to work through these obstacles, you will not succeed. You need to have big reasons for achieving your goals. Reasons come first and answers come second.
Have a Plan: Robbins asks, “What is your Massive Action Plan?” What will actually get you to follow through and achieve your goals? You need to have several plans in place in case the first one or two plans don’t work. Otherwise, without this in Massive Action Plan in place you will start to develop excuses as to why you didn’t succeed.
I hope this article help you see the importance of developing clarity of purpose. If you have goals you’re striving for, are you achieving them? Are you dedicated to your clarity of purpose? Remember, life will pay any price you ask of it. I’d like to know what you’re asking for specifically and what your plan is to get it.
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