A few years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Tony Robbins event. If your mental picture is a large gathering of people looking to become more positive through “ra ra” activities, then you’re half right. It is an enormous group of committed individuals. At a typical event, there are over 4,000 people in attendance. Over the course of 4 days, you participate in ways only understood after doing them, and leave a changed person. Let’s just say it’s not motivational speaking, it’s “change your state to change yourself.”
One of the great take-home messages I grasped was this: If you want something, you might eventually make it happen, if convenient. If you need something, you will do anything and everything in your power to make it happen. To quote River Tam, “No power in the ‘verse can stop me.” An example which resonated with me was this: How often do you hear about people seeking weight loss? “I’ve just got to lose a few more pounds.” We’re going to get dark for a moment, not Reaver dark, but Sopranos dark. If I told you that you need to lose 10 pounds by tomorrow, what would you do? Sure, it’s not preferable, at all, but you could slice off a leg and achieve the goal.
Achieving your goals should not be about causing yourself irreparable damage, but the idea is potent. When there’s a need, there is a way, even if it is extreme.
How do you approach goals in your credit union (or personal life)? Are they wants or needs? A want can be put aside as more important things arise. A want does not create a sense of certainty within you. A want is just that, something that would be nice to have.
Look at your goals as needs. Become absolutely certain they will be achieved. Set a timeframe within which they will be done. Take action NOW, even if it is a small step. Remember, a need is like air. You can’t do without. It will happen, you already know. It’s just time to show everyone else.
Image modified from amazing series/film Firefly/Serenity.