by Stuart Goldsmith.
This question might surprise you! Up until now, you’ve probably assumed that you knew what you wanted, it was getting it which was the difficult part! You probably think that if you only knew HOW to get exactly what you wanted, then all of your problems would be solved.
Have you ever considered that you might not know what you want?
You have probably assumed all along that you did know! But the surprising fact is that very few people know exactly what they want! Oh yes; most people have a vague, woolly idea about where they want to be, but hardly anyone knows exactly where they are trying to get to, or what they want to achieve.
At best, people have a loosely-formed notion about wanting to ‘be better,’ to ‘improve their finances,’ or to ‘succeed,’ but when questioned, they have almost no idea at all about exactly what they want!
Is it any wonder that they don’t get it?!
Even people who think that they know where they are going, rarely do! It is not enough to say: ‘I know what I want….more money.’ Exactly how much money do you want? When do you want this money?
It is not enough to say: ‘I know what I want….a better car.’ What color do you want the car to be? Exactly which model do you want? By what precise date will you have taken
delivery? Will it have a sun-roof, electric windows, leather seats, stereo, air-conditioning? Will it be a manual or automatic?
It is not enough to say: ‘I want to live in a better house.’ How many bedrooms/reception rooms/bathrooms will it have? Exactly where will it be located? Will it have a garage/laundry room/shed/stables/swimming pool? How much will it cost?
The secret of Knowing
I will now share another secret with you: unless you know exactly what you want (in the smallest detail), and when you want it by, you will never get it.
It sounds hard, I know, but I’m telling you the truth. You will never get it!
Why am I so sure? Because if you don’t know exactly what you want then you have nothing to work towards, no specific goals to aim for. You’ll just drift along with the vague hope that ‘things will get better’. I know because I did this for years!
Also, if you don’t know exactly what you want, then you wouldn’t even recognize it if someone gave it to you as a gift! For example, what chance would you have of arriving at the Hotel Bell Vue, 149 Sidmouth Street, London WC2, if you hopped into a taxi in Glasgow and told the driver that you wanted to get to a hotel, but you weren’t sure which one? The chances of you arriving at the correct hotel would be microscopically small!
Put like that, it seems so obvious doesn’t it? It hardly seems worth saying that you must know where you want to get to, before you can get there! Yet millions of people go through life unhappy because they ‘want more’, yet they have only the haziest notion about exactly what ‘more’ is! When, after several years, they still have not improved their circumstances, they blame it on ‘bad luck’ or say that they never had a chance.
They know that they don’t want to be where they are at the moment – so does someone standing on a railway platform! But the railway traveler is clutching a ticket stating their destination. They know exactly where they are going and so there is a very good chance that they will arrive.
I cannot over-stress the importance of knowing precisely what you wish to achieve. It is one of the key techniques used in this book to assure your success. Used properly, it will produce almost magical results.
Article excerpted from Stuart Goldsmith’s latest book, “7 Secrets Of The Millionaires”. Stuart is a British multi-millionaire author and lecturer. He created a $16 million fortune starting from a position of heavy debt, average intelligence and no special skills. He has taught thousands of people how to get wealthy through his books and courses.