Ever since I set up this website, one of the primary focuses of it has been to instigate change. Change in myself, change in my circumstance and change in how I impact other people for the better.
Now, this has meant that I haven’t always erred on the side of caution when it came to setting goals for myself. This is evident from the fairly audacious 2010 New Year Resolutions. Amongst them were goals to start several businesses, have an active lifestyle and dedicate a lot of my time to building priceless moments with my family and friends. One of the more audacious of these goals has been listed below:
When I set this goal, I had spent a great deal of time listening to the audio book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill as well as studying the online training material from the Continuity Summit by Ryan Lee, hence the reason David Frey is mentioned as one of my imaginary mastermind group members.
To be honest, he was a huge inspiration for me, driving me to invest more of my time in things I love to do with people I love to do them with. His motto of “making the main thing, the main thing” really stuck with me and my opinion of him has been reinforced at every turn when I would reach out and he would willingly give of his time and advice to help me.
But if I’m being honest, it wasn’t until yesterday that I realised how crucial that 2009 goal would turn out to be for my life. To put it in perspective, I live in New Zealand, arguably the nearest country to Antarctica within the southern hemisphere and to say that I wanted to shake hands with any of my imaginary mastermind group would require considerable amount of capital and effort on my part, easily costing upwards of $7000 for the sake of a single visit.
So to clarify, it’s no small jump over the ditch to knock on a neighbour’s door. Of course, I say that with a smile in light of the following video of David doing a presentation at Joel Patterson’s webinar summit in Salt Lake City, Utah two months ago. Here you see David talking about one of his high-ticket products and how he was prepared to give it away. Watch to find out what happens…
To say that that moment was incredible would be an understatement. And that’s despite the fact that I’d completely forgotten about the goal I’d set in 2010. But seriously, the chance to shake hands with David and introduce myself as Josh Roa from New Zealand was just fantastic. Of course, I was writing off the high of that experience several weeks after getting back to New Zealand but now I find myself even more related knowing that what some might call an unrealistic goal I’d set in 2010, was accomplished before the end of 2011.
So if ever I had any doubts about setting goals, no matter how unrealistic, there is no doubt in my mind now that if I continue to walk in the direction of that goal, it is only time that stands in my way and make no mistake, though I may have started this blog as an “80-Day Millionaire” challenge, I’m certainly here to stay.
For those interested in a bonus audio recording of the man who taught this exact principle of setting goals and leaving them to realize themselves, click the link below to listen to J Earl Shaoff.
So given this 3 month-late epiphany has been so eye-opening for me, can you recall an unrealistic goal set several months or years ago and how its realized itself without you knowing it? Share what it was and how you felt about the accomplishment, as it just now dawns on you and you too experience the joy and excitement I felt!
To your continued success,
ps. The other guy in the video is a wartime vet and friend of mine, Shaka Greene, who I kicked it with when I was in the USA. This guy is incredible when you get to talk to him and has some great strategies for building up local leads for your business. I recommend anyone interested with connecting with him and learning more about his story get their stalk on via Facebook – I promise it’ll be one of the best friendships you form – has been for me!