In my last employment I used to receive a bonus if the company met its financial targets for the year. At the end of a successful year the money was disseminated between managers based on how well they had performed against their annual goals. This was a frustrating way to get paid because most of the goals set by the hierarchy were unachievable. So when I started to feel the change coming on and realised I wanted to be a Daydreamer I understood all about the pain and the joy that goals could bring.
While I was undergoing my training on the Jack Canfield: Success Principles course I was asked to create a goal known as a Breakthrough Goal. I had never heard of this phrase before but I certainly will never forget it. A Breakthrough Goal is a goal that takes your awareness of what is possible in life to a whole new level. It is something that is difficult to achieve, but not impossible. It is a goal designed to create a wider belief of your capabilities as a human being. Once you successfully achieve your Breakthrough Goal you will believe anything is possible.
My Breakthrough Goal: To Earn $45,000 Through Poker in 12-months
At the time my challenge was set, I was spending most of my time learning and playing poker. Like every bloke I had been obsessed with a few fads in my life but poker felt different. I couldn’t stop thinking about the game and when I played time flew by, which is always a great indicator that you are loving what you are doing. The online game gave me the freedom to work from home and the live game introduced me to an amazing set of new friends. Since I had given up the booze I had lost a lot of friends and the new ones I found through poker were much needed.
Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards, I got a full house and four people died – Steven Wright
But despite loving poker so much, I knew deep down that World Champion Poker Player was not the epitaph I was searching for. I wanted more out of my life. I wanted to help people change their lives – that was the epitaph I wanted. I was stuck in an almighty pickle and one that everyone else will probably be stuck with, should they choose to change their life in the same way. Here I was earning £45,000 per annum with a £20,000+ bonus and I wanted to pack it all in and help change people’s lives. How was I going to move from one life to the other, still pay the bills and keep everyone around me happy?
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere – Frank A. Clark
I needed a plan, and although it wasn’t the greatest plan in the world it worked out for me in the end. A classic case of taking action and doing something instead of nothing! I decided that I would continue to work on the railway and at the same time try and earn $45,000 through poker before re-evaluating my future. If during the re-evaluation I had been successful, then this would remove the fear of quitting my job and going after my dream. I would quit my job and earn $45,000 through poker while working on my goal to change people’s lives.
If you were to create a Breakthrough Goal for yourself, what would it be?
The period of time that encapsulated the start of my Breakthrough Goal was one of the most exciting periods of my life. What amazed me even more was the attitude of my Success Coach. I would achieve something quite monumental in my life and she would just listen to me, say well done and then ask what was next? What was monumental to me was just everyday life to her. She must have spoken to hundreds of people who had been through the same experiences as me. She had come to terms with the power of the Breakthrough Goal and I was only just getting used to it.
When you go through a process that lights your soul in the way that my Breakthrough Goal set a fire in mine, you just want to share it with the world. Yes I have an ego and I wanted people to tell me that I was doing well, of that I will not deny, but the overwhelming urges that I felt were connected with the frustration of watching so many Sleepwalkers, not only refusing to change, but refusing to listen to me at all.
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