Why You Must Earn Your Goals

When you were in school, you had to study, do your homework, and do well in your exams if you were to pass the class. You got your degree because you met all the requirements of your program. Had you not done the work, you wouldn’t have gotten your degree.

When you get your diploma, it’s a testimony of all the sacrifices you’ve made along the way: all the late nights you spent finalizing your term papers and preparing for tests; all the times you declined invitations to leisure activities so you can focus on your work; etc. You’ve made a lot of sacrifices to get where you are.

Thus, when you received your diploma, you framed it and hang it on your wall as a reminder of that great achievement. You earned your degree, and you’re proud of it.

Like earning a degree, any goal you pursue will demand that you pay a price. And the bigger the goal, the higher that price. You must earn your goal by paying that price.

You fool yourself if you think you’re going to reach your goal without paying the price (or if you try to avoid having to pay it). It’s like wanting to obtain your medical degree without studying biology. This won’t happen. To reach your goals, you must put in the effort: you must invest time and energy and money on them.

Many people have big goals, but don’t take “big” actions. In fact, their actions don’t match their goals. Thus, they don’t achieve them. They “talk” (and wish for) a big game, but don’t “play” a big game.

Your actions must match your ambitions—if you hope to reach your goals. Plus, you must sustain your actions for a long time—longer than you first anticipate. That’s not to mention all the setbacks and delays your face along the way.

Achieving your great goals isn’t for the faint at heart. As I said, you must be willing to sacrifice and pay the corresponding price.

Setting big goals is easy; matching your actions to those big goals is harder. But, in the end, it’s your actions that matter most.

If you believe in your goals, you’ll do what it takes to achieve them. And when you achieve them, you’ll be proud because you’ll have worked hard on them: you will have earned your goals.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.