Today, I came across the above quotation from Earl Nightingale and I wanted to pass the thought on to you. You see, you can definitely accomplish really big goals if you will first commit yourself.
When I started my degree with the University of Birmingham, attending classes on a part-time basis in the evenings and at the weekends, friends would sometimes ask me how long it was going to take to get the qualification. When I answered that it was going to take 6 years (actually it took 7 years because I took a year out along the way) they would usually draw in a sharp breath and ask me how, on Earth, I thought I would be able to see it through.
My answer was always that 6 years of terrestrial time was going to pass anyway and the choice I was making was to finish that period of my life with the degree – and so it came to pass. You never know what is going to happen in that sort of time frame – that’s true – but if you commit yourself to the goal, you will find a way to navigate around any difficulties that may arise.
In my case, I changed, not just my job, but my career when I was exactly half-way through the degree. I knew that I would not be able to keep up the study with all of the new things I needed to learn as a part of my new role. So I simply took a year out to acclimatise to the new role and then went back to finish the degree later.
Think about the five year period immediately ahead. What really big goals are you going to set for yourself. Remember the time is going to pass anyway. So what are you going to do in that time to improve your life?