What are your goals for your life and your career? Whatever it is that you desire, achieving it requires three simple commitments from you:

1.    A burning desire to have it. This means more than just wanting to achieve your goal. It means wanting it so much that you’ll stop at nothing to get it. In other words, you must have real commitment.

2.    An unwavering belief that you will have it. You must believe that some point you will win out, even if other people tell you you’re dreaming. If you don’t believe that, with hard work and dedication, at some point you will win out, you’re almost 100 percent certain to be right. 

Think of all the dreamers who were told their dreams were impossible and yet won out:

* For Christopher Columbus, it was the dream that he could sail west and reach the Far East.

* For Orville and Wilbur Wright, it was the dream that they could fill the sky with heavier-than-air flying machines.

* For Nelson Mandela, it was the dream that someday South Africa would be a multiracial democracy.

3.    A willingness to strive until you arrive. Mandela worked for 27 years from his prison cell before things changed. But when they did, they brought growth to his entire country.

If you’re not happy with your career—or any aspect of your life—ask yourself which of these three commitments is missing. If you have a burning desire and a belief that you will achieve your goals, all you have to do is keep reaching—and never, ever give up.

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Sandy Schussel is a speaker, business trainer and coach who helps sales teams develop systems to win clients. He is the author of The High Diving Board and Become a Client Magnet. For more information, go to www.sandyschussel.com.