Happy New Year 2020! I hope you had a beautiful Holiday Season, and you opened a fresh new chapter of your life’s book. The team of BECOMING UNSTOPPABLE wishes you a purposeful, meaningful, abundant and successful New Year of 2020!
The New Year’s wishes sound nice and hopeful and now we are back to a routine. The question is – are those wishes going to be forgotten and left as a mere wishful thinking or are you going to make them happen?
How are you going to spend this year in your life? What intentions do you have for this year? Do you have a CLEAR VISION of WHERE YOU ARE GOING? If you do not have a vision, if you do not have a goal for a specific purpose – you are going nowhere. Then it’s not you who designs your life, but the outside circumstances created by random events and other people’s agendas and their decisions. This way, another year will pass before you realize and in the next New Year’s Eve, you will see that the last twelve months you lived day by day reacting to whatever circumstances threw at you and trying to handle it all.
But what about your purpose, your goals that you would like to fulfill?
Many disregard the goal setting, saying “the resolutions and goal setting doesn’t work” or, “It’s impossible”. They look at the goal and if it seems not achievable at that point, they say “It can’t be done, so why to try.”
Before the car accident, I didn’t even have the concept of creating the life you desire by achieving your goals. But after losing my legs and ability to use my left arm, I took the goal achievement seriously. I could not come into terms with my new way of life being shut at my house with no opportunity to have a life of full value, and I made the decision to change it all. My dream seemed to be absurd. Unachievable fantasy. But I never questioned whether it was possible or not, nor did I allow myself to think in terms of how big my aspirations were nor how small chances were of making them come true. I decided what I wanted and started aiming to achieve it.
Since my ultimate vision to live a full life and not to depend on anybody seemed absolutely impossible, I began with small goals and small steps to move forward. When I was discharged from the hospital and began my rehabilitation process, my first goals were to be self-sufficient in my simple daily routine: independently roll over in bed, sit up from a lying position; then independently dress, make a cup of coffee and my breakfast – all using one hand. Now those memories make me smile. At the time, every such activity was a huge challenge to me, requiring tremendous effort, consistent attempts, and perseverance. Every time I was able to do something independently was a huge victory to me and a step closer to my ultimate aspiration.
By aiming and achieving my little goals, it strengthened me and increased my confidence in achieving my greater goals. Over time, these small achieved successes compounded; they changed my position. I came out of ICU having absolutely no strength and no ability to do anything independently, except open/close my eyes or speak (and even the latter required efforts), and after half of the year, I was staying at the Orthopedic Center in another city able to take care of myself independently and training to walk with artificial legs. As time flew by, I was setting bigger goals which, three years later, resulted in traveling independently across the globe to the USA, which opened a new opportunity to completely change my life circumstances.
With God’s help and the strength that I received from Him, I successfully overcame my obstacles and today I live independently in spite of my injuries. I realized the dream that at some point seemed an absurd, an unachievable fantasy. Goals and aspirations can have a significant value in life if you take the process seriously and work consistently and diligently to achieve it.
So how to set goals and how to achieve them? I will share what helped me achieve my goals and completely change my life. It worked every time I wanted to achieve a goal.
The first step – determine the vision of what you want to implement in your life. Vision – it is the destination where you want to arrive, the ultimate picture of your success. It’s the point of reference you are always working toward, and when all your plans and goals are fully accomplished, this is where you will be.
Answer to yourself:
If you continue to walk through life the way you are going now, where will you be in life in a few years? After 10 years?
Where do you want to be in 10 years? 5 years? A year from now?
What does success look like for you, for your life?
What needs to change in your life for you to feel content and good about you/your life?
What would make your year a great year?
What will things look like after you’ve been successful?
See the picture in your mind. Before you set your goals as stepping stones, it’s important to have a clear vision, your final destination of where you want to go in life. It has to be clear, so you know exactly where you are going.
Don’t worry about how to implement it or how difficult it seems to achieve it. First, know exactly WHAT you want to achieve and WHY. The HOW will come later.
Pray about it; bring it before the Lord in your prayer. Some choose to meditate, some choose to visualize, or use hypnotic methods and other spiritual practices. I personally bring my vision and my plans to the Lord in my prayer. Prayer does make a difference in the physical realm. I experienced a tremendous blessing when I began practicing what’s written in the Holy Scriptures. In fact, many unexpected good turns and blessings came into my life after I prayed about and surrendered my vision, my plans to the Lord.
Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:5
Ask Him to help you accomplish it. Ask the Lord to direct you according to His will and give you the wisdom on how to successfully implement those plans. Ask Him to bless your efforts so that you would not fail, but achieve your goals.
In the next post, we’ll talk about further important aspects of goal setting and their achievement.
Once again, I wish you a successful 2020!
Be Unstoppable. It‘s a Choice.
P.s. My personal story of how I overcome the tragedy and insurmountable obstacles and successfully achieved my vision, you can find in my book “UNSTOPPABLE. It’s a Choice.” In addition to a story that will inspire you, you will find helpful practical tips that will empower you in your personal journey.