1. Evaluate your life and then decide what you want.
Start with where you are at. Do you have the career you want? Do you have the relationships you want? How about your health? This is where you start. Ask yourself these questions then try to set a goal in each area. These don’t have to be big goals. Set small goals to start and achieve those goals. It gives you confidence when you achieve your goals, and then you can set larger goals to achieve.
2. Look at your obstacles and take steps to eliminate them.
What do you believe that is holding you back? What do you need to learn to help you reach your goals? Write these things down. It may not be easy to figure out why you believe what you believe. What you have to decide is whether or not your belief system serves you. Ask yourself these questions and keep asking them until you get the answers you need to resolve these issues.
3. Create a plan of action to follow to achieve your goals.
Once you know what you want, and you know what obstacles you are facing, then create your action plan. These are the steps you need to take to reach your goals. Your plan may be as detailed as possible. Just remember to be flexible. Add or delete steps as needed and stay focused.
4. Take action.
Taking action is key to reaching your goals. Consistency is important. Make it a point to take action on your goals every day. Visualize yourself succeeding in your goals.
5. Do what works; don’t do what doesn’t.
If you don’t use feedback to tell you how you are doing, you won’t know how close you are to reaching your goals. You also won’t know what steps you really need to take next to get to your goals.
Set your goals, create a plan of action, and then take action. Stay focused and use feedback to help you adjust course so you reach your goals.
In this respect then, reckon and ask yourself, how many of your endeavors have you tried and failed without even considering trying again for the second time? Was it playing the guitar or learning a new language?
Unlike you, the perseverance displayed by Thomas Edison helped him build a number of amazing things. As a result of this great man’s ingenuity, a number of modern conveniences can be attributed to him. In brief, we can learn a few things from Edison:
It took Edison a period of fifty years for him to achieve any viable success in his many efforts of creating an incandescent light bulb that was long lasting. The goal was to find a type of material that was compatible in order to form a long-lasting filament. Originally, he put to use platinum but it only got to work for only two hours. Next, he tried experimenting with Carbon as its melting point was the highest. When this failed to produce the desired results, he tried using chromium, boron, nickel, platinum, molybdenum and even platinum once more. In the end, Thomas found a way of making Carbon function as the material for the filament and was able to light it for more than 40 hours.
We learn a very important lesson from the persistence that Edison displayed. If you are trying out something, never stop or settle for less. Always aim for the top and if you fall short of your expectations, TRY AGAIN!
2. Meeting the unmet need
The classical philosophy of marketing dictates that you should strive to fill the need that hasn’t been met. All inventions of Thomas Edison followed the simple trend of being practical things that the majority of the population needed, this included the phonograph, light bulb, batteries, etc.
Not only could Thomas invent things, he did invent practical things. Everyone can boast of a practical skill that they can put out there and offer the world, and just as the world was in need of the talents of Edison, it also needs yours. Do you have any ideas that would meet an unmet need in the world? What do you see around that needs improvement? This was the same kind of pondering done by Edison to get him to the level he reached.
Deep in his heart, Edison knew that he could make an invention with determination. The quest for inventing the light bulb took Thomas Edison a period of about four years. Edison in regard to his experiments in electric light said he was never discouraged or had any inclination to become hopeless. He knew there was a way of making the light bulb function and for it becoming a viable product for the general public use.
For those of us engrossed in obtaining goals, this is a very valuable lesson. You also should ask yourself this, how determined are you that you are going to attain success? Is your attitude right to accomplish the goals regardless of the shortcomings?
Thomas Edison managed to see thousands of better ways to perform things. He had to make things literally happen in order to become successful. He never saw all the failures he had encountered as really being “failures”. He famously said that even if he found 10,000 ways that something didn’t work he didn’t regard that as failure and that he couldn’t be discouraged. He emphasized that each wrong attempt discarded is nothing but a step forward towards success. Consequently, we should learn to turn our own mistakes into learning experiences and be persistent.