Ask yourself, “How do I get there?”

When you make a goal, the very next thought in your mind will probably be something, like,”Now, how do I get there?” Get a pen and paper, and I will give you an idea.

Ask yourself, “How do I get there?” Each time you answer the question, your answer should be a little more specific then the last answer. And the answer should require you to do some research.

When you are doing your research, it is entirely possible that you will make a new goal, or find something else that you want to go after. Let’s say, my goal is to become an engineer by the year 2022.

How do I get there? The first thing I will look at what the requirements are to become an engineer. I will look to see if there are Federal or State requirements to be an engineer. Do I need a license or permit? Do I need an educational degree? What kind of engineer do I want to be? Does being an engineer fit my personality?

The answers in the paragraph above will guide you to doing more research. By the time you ask your question the fifth time, you will be well on the way towards your goal. Sorry if you thought I was going to give you answers. But these are questions only YOU will be able to answer. It is YOUR dream. You have to go down that path.

Your paper should be pretty full by now. You might want to get a notepad. The research you do will more than likely lead you deeper into the profession that you seek.

Keep asking yourself, “How do I get there?” And write it down.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

I wish you all the best of luck.

John

Be grateful for the things you have

How do you spend your 24 hours in the day? Do you spend it being sorry that you are not where you want to be in life? For me, I have learned to be grateful for the things that I do have.

I have gotten into the habit of starting my day being grateful for what I have in life. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and having good health. I am also grateful that I have written my plans down. My written notes help bring back on course.

It is easy to be grateful for the the things I have. When I am sad, it is harder to get out of the “rut”. If I start my day off on a positive note, I have more energy and motivation to brush off my daily challenges.

Try it. Don’t read your emails or watch the TV news until you have listed at least 5 things you are grateful for in your life. Do this for 30 days. If you have to, write a note to yourself, “Before I start my day, I have to list 5 things I am grateful for”. I promise you that after a couple of weeks, you will want to do this without the note. You will notice a huge difference in your life.

When you start your day on a positive note, you have more energy to deal with the challenges.

I wish you much success.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John

Position Yourself for opportunities

You have to have a dream before you can be successful. I encourage EVERYONE to “Pick a Dream…and GO FOR IT!

However, frustration can set in when you do not achieve your goals when you want to achieve them. To offset the frustration, you should work on getting into a position where you can actually receive the blessings you are about to receive.

What is John writing about now? I hear you. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that I want to buy a house in the future. I have to get myself into a position to be able to purchase a house. I have to have a certain credit score. I have to have a certain debt to income ratio, and I have to have the income. These are not my requirements. These are the bank’s requirements. Because the bank is the business that will permit me to purchase the house. You can say that I have to “play their game.”

Frustration has caused so many people to stop trying to reach their dreams. It does not have to be that way. My suggestion is to keep working, step by step towards your goal. If you want to be a professional basketball player, but you are only 15 years old, don’t fret. Practice. Practice your foul shot. Practice something that might be considered your weakness. An opportunity will come your way. In the mean time, practice.

If you want to a specialist in any field, you have to practice and learn. Opportunities are everywhere. But you have to make the effort first.

I wish success for everyone.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John Lewis

Business is about gaining and retaining customers

I believe that business is about how well you can gain and retain customers. After you gain the customers, the profit will come. But customers have to come first.

For me, customer satisfaction is critical to success. I can probably charge a lot more for my services, but I am more interested in getting a higher number of customers. I tell myself that a company can take advantage of me one time. Since we live in America, I have the freedom to go to another company at any time. This is one freedom that I exercise.

I am grateful for having customers. I try to provide value with my services.

There are other companies that provide the same service I do. In fact, when I tell people I started a landscaping company, a lot of responses are, “There are a lot of landscaping companies on Long Island.” I am not competing with any other company. I only “compete” with myself, and my ability to provide excellent service to my customers. I have gained more and more customers each year, so far. And in turn, I am making more money each year. I am so grateful to my customers.

I wish all of you the best of luck.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John

Discipline is My the Word of the Day.

Hello,

Happy Friday. Discipline is my word of the day. According to Mirriam-Webster, “discipline” is, “orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior.” Orderly or prescribed. When you set a goal for yourself, and go on your path to success, you normally want to go the most direct path to your desired goal. When you are disciplined, you are focused on a fine line. A fine line that is the shortest distance between two points. When you are disciplined, you have confidence to face the challenges on your way to achieving your goal.

In terms of sports, discipline can mean the difference between winning and losing a game. Teams practice plays in an effort to increase the chances of beating their opponent. Individuals practice to improve their particular assignment. Teams that are not so disciplined, tend to give up when the score is not in their favor. Sometimes, we see an athlete(s) not give 100%. The teams that are the most disciplined, go further than teams that are not so disciplined.

If you really want to reach your goal, you have to be disciplined enough to keep struggling through the challenges and opportunities. Life is full of challenges and opportunities. Tough times and easy times. Positive and negative. Both sides of that fine line that connect you to your “goal.” Your goal. Discipline takes you on that line past all the challenges, and past all the negativity.

Discipline is my word of the day. I wish you all much success.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John

Make a routine to be successful.

If you have a dream, you might say, ” I don’t know where to start.” This is a logical question. After you make your first step, you must have discipline to make a routine to be successful. And you have to have discipline to stick to your routine. This is a critical portion in the four step process for success.

When you make your plan, it will probably sound perfect in your mind. But in reality, you are gong to hit speed bumps, detours, and obstacles. Not to worry. Make a routine that you can achieve small successes on your way to the BIG success. When you achieve small successes, the speed bumps and obstacles will be insignificant. Success breeds confidence. Confidence leads to progress. Progress leads you to success.

A routine helps your mind know that you are actually working on making progress. An example is saving money for a particular event/item. If you do not normally save money, it might be tough for you to get started. No worries. Start saving a small amount, like $5.00 every time you get paid. Get into the habit of putting $5.00 into an account. After a few weeks, you will be trained to put $5.00 away. You will know that is what you are supposed to do. Eventually, you will want to put more money away.

Make a routine that you can achieve small successes. The small successes will lead you to your BIG success.

I wish you all the best of luck.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John

 

You have to have a dream in order to have a happy ending…

You have to have a dream in order to have a happy ending. If you have no dream, then you are just spinning your wheels. How you live is completely up to you. So, if you want to have a happy ending, then you absolutely have to have a dream in the first place.

Accept that you actually have a dream. Something that might be hidden in the corner of your mind somewhere. Something that you might have put off until “another day.” I will start on it another “year”. Why not start on your dream today???

What is wrong with cleaning the dust off your dream, and saying, “OK, I will reconsider my dream. What is wrong with working on your dream one little step at a time? It is better to try and fail, then not try at all. If you do not try, then you will feel guilty that you did not do anything about it. Or you will blame someone else for you not being able to achieve YOUR dream.

I have an for you. Why don’t  you ask someone for a little help? Someone that can help you get started. That someone is called a mentor. That someone can be someone who is in the field that you want to be in. Mentors are awesome because they had to start off somewhere, and they probably have an idea of the difficulty you are going through. Mentors do not do the work for you. Mentor can provide essential guidance that you need. Even if it is to just get started.

You might even be able to find a group that can help you. There are probably people who are in the same situation you are.

A lot of successful people would be more than willing to help another person succeed. It is a law of nature. When you help someone, that help will come back to you. It might not be from that same person that you helped. But, things happen in strange ways.

All this is possible. But you have to acknowledge your dream first. You have to have a dream before you can have a happy ending. Good luck to you.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

 

John