Have you ever heard someone say, “I want to be a famous musician”? Or perhaps you’ve heard, “I want to be the greatest footballball player of all-time”?
Perhaps you’ve heard others say things like:
- “I want to be famous!”
- “I want to travel the world!”
- “I want to own lots of real estate!”
- “I want to be rich!”
- “I want to be a millionaire!”
The good news is that, for most people, the opportunity to accomplish these things is very real—not a “piece of cake”—but definitely achievable.
The bad news is that unless this type of thinking is accompanied by the necessary steps to actually get there, it will simply be a dream that is almost certainly never to be realized.
Since we live in an “instant everything” society, it has become harder for people to recognize that:
Goals require steps → Steps require time → Time requires patience → Patience requires discipline
It is undisciplined to think that “I can become rich” by simply wishing it. There has to be action. And unfortunately, most of our schools do not place much emphasis on discipline anymore.
But let’s say that you decide, “I want to become a millionaire!” Okay, so what do you need to do?
First, you need to set a time frame. A “goal” without a timeframe is a goal that never has to be achieved. Set a time by which you want to become a millionaire.
Second, determine the means by which you want to become a millionaire. The means doesn’t matter! Sales? Rental Properties? Artistic Endeavors? Entrepreneurial Ventures? Decide how you will proceed (ideally in an area where you are gifted or already know something about).
Third, determine the steps necessary to achieving success. A goal without measurable steps is merely a purpose. Consider the statement “I want to be a better father!” That is a purpose. It has nothing measurable in it; no way to determine if progress is being made. But “I will spend one hour every Saturday playing ball with my son.” is a measurable goal. It is both specific and measurable.
Fourth, be disciplined in performing the steps necessary to get to your goal, and DON’T GIVE UP! It is amazing how many people will throw in the towel when they are well on the way toward achieving their dream. As Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never, never give up!” When is that? NEVER!
Fifth, keep balance while walking toward your goal. Unwavering Determination needs to meet Flexibility. There is a “time for every purpose” and a time to work, and a time to play. Don’t loose balance or perspective when taking each step forward.
Sixth, refine the steps necessary to reach your goal as you continue to move forward. You will know more as you move forward, and you will be in a better position to “optimize your route” because of your improved perspective. Driving a car down even the straightest road still involves small steering corrections. Do the same with your steps.
Seventh, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” While it is very possible to become a millionaire without seeking God’s help, “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” God helps us with the Why, even if we are sure of the How.
If you set a reasonable time-frame, determine the means and steps, diligently follow the steps without giving up (while keeping balance/flexibility), you can definitely become a millionaire!