Rules game of life, # 1 Know where you want to go. A lot of us have goals, but we focus on all of them at the same time and that is why most of us never accomplish any of them.
There is a Guyanese proverb that says that you can be a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” That means if you have all these trades, you can never be great at any.
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Focus on one thing at a time
The captain of a ship knows he can only dock at one port at a time. A quarterback in a football game knows the goal of the drive is to get to the end zone and score a touchdown. Once he has accomplished one touchdown then he starts planning for the next touchdown. Rules of the game, both the Captain and the quarterback knows to, focus on one thing, at a time.
So, the first rule of success in the, game of life, is knowing where you want to go. You set one goal and, focus on one thing, concentrate all your energies on that goal first, then after you accomplish that goal then you move on to the next goal.
Let’s say where you want to go is to save $20,000 for a down payment on your first home. That is the direction you want to go in, you shouldn’t have that goal of saving $20,000 and another goal of let’s say getting your Master’s degree at the same time. Chances are you will accomplish neither. Since you should, focus on one thing, at a time. First focus on your down payment and then after you move into your home, then you could focus on getting your Master’s degree.
Game of Life: Your rewards equal effort
In the, game of life, your reward is in direct proportion to your service. So how will you earn this $20,000? You have to provide a service to get it. Don’t dream of winning the lottery.
We just watched the Super Bowl game. Let’s look at Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as an illustration of having one primary goal and working only on that goal. Patrick Mahomes is rewarded handsomely for his service for his ability to score touchdowns. He is paid millions and I mean millions because of this ability. He has studied his craft and become the best and his knowledge of the game and how to achieve his goal of getting to the end zone, makes him valuable to any team. He concentrates of one drive at time, that is his, focus is on one thing. One touchdown at a time, one game at a time with the end goal of a championship.
So, you need to do the same. What skills do you need to have to accomplish your primary goal today? What do you have to do to become the best at what you do. Since service is in direct proportion to reward, how will you increase your service?
Rules Game of life
These are the, rules game of life, know where you want to go and, focus on one thing, at a time. This message is for me as well. I am speaking to myself. I have lots of goals and I was working on all of them at the same time and that is why I wasn’t gaining traction. I have 6 goals and I was concentrating on all of them. Now that I understand the, rules game of life, I have picked one goal and am focusing all my attention on this goal. I already work on improving my skills every day. I already learn something new every day. Since my rewards is in direct proportion to my service, I am confident that my rewards will come. I know if you build it, they will come.
Remember the quote from Alice in Wonderland “if you don’t know where you are going then it doesn’t matter where you end up.”
So become one of the 5% of the population who know the, rules game of life, they know where they are going and is working the playbook, setting up plays, celebrating first downs and getting to the end zone. You must have singular focus, you must know that people are out to stop you, and you must know where they are and avoid a collision. Patrick Mahomes played through an injury, you must know that you will have challenges and problems on your way to your goals, successful people succeed in spite of their challenges.
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