5 Ways to Get What You Want Out of Life

Ultimately you are in control of your own destiny and by implementing a few techniques to focus your energy on your aspirations, you can create the life you want to live. Here's how to do it:
01/12/2016 09:27am ET | Updated January 12, 2017
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Whether it's learning a new language, losing weight, running a marathon or just leading a happier life, you have the power to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Ultimately you are in control of your own destiny and by implementing a few techniques to focus your energy on your aspirations, you can create the life you want to live. Here's how to do it:

1. Set small goals

When you set smaller, more attainable goals for yourself you are more likely to stick with what ever you are trying to achieve because you can consistently see progress. Also, most time if you set a small goal, you end up exceeding that goal and doing more anyway. It's like that old trick when you go to the gym "only commit to ten minutes of exercise". By the time most people get to ten minutes they end up just doing a full workout because they feel so good.

2. Find the outliers

Chances are you aren't built for swimming like Michael Phelps or have a photographic memory like Stephen Hawking, so that means that you can't expect to accomplish something in the same way that the top people have done it in. You have to look for people who aren't naturally skilled or talented in what they've wanted to accomplish and take note of how accomplished their goals. It takes a very individualized method for each person to get something done, so it's best to focus on the underdogs. The people who had everything against them but were still able to get what they wanted out of life are the ones to seek inspiration from.

3. Seek advice from the most passionate people

Instead of looking up people at the top of their field and people who are in the limelight for whatever they do, seek advice from the people that literally could not live without their particular passion. These are the people that can give you the best advice for how to do whatever it is you want to do. Not only are they more accessible because they are under the radar, but their advice will be more helpful because they are so invested in whatever it is that they do.

4. Defy the status quo

The common way of doing things is just a base line. Everyone has individual strengths, weaknesses, and needs so by relying on the status quo, 'typical' method of accomplishing something, chances are it won't work. You have to find what works for YOU and think outside the box! People that do the standard thing never rise above the rest. It's the people who are innovative and creative in their thinking that leave a lasting impact.

5. Positive directional movement

Don't let setbacks SET YOU BACK! Small obstacles in the journey to getting what you want do not mean much as long as in the grand scheme of things you are moving in the direction of your goals. If you are consistently making positive efforts to accomplish what you've set out to do, then that's all that matters. Positive directional movement over a longer period of time is much better than failed attempts at quick successes that leave you unfulfilled in the long run.

Even if you just put one of these suggestions into practice, you'll be setting yourself up for success. No one ever achieved everything they've ever wanted over night. However, by starting to make decisions that feed that long-term vision for your future, you'll see in time that your goals can be realized.

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