I normally don't watch the news because it is so negative. But the other day I happened to flip to a morning news segment that was interviewing a 6th grader who broke the record for the amount of Girl Scout cookie boxes sold. She sold 21,000 boxes of cookies! The fact that she sold that many cookies is impressive, but what really caught my attention was HOW she did it. In a matter of 5 minutes, she gave everyone that had ears to hear and eyes to see how to be successful in anything and hit your goal- and she is only in 6th grade!
Here is what she said that she did to set the record…
1. She set a goal and wrote it down- If you don't know where you are going, you won't know how to get there. Without goals there is no direction, and there is no focus. When you write your goals down, you can then focus all of the proper activities to hit them. Goal setting is like navigating a road map, you can see the route and stops along the way. The first key to any success is to have clear, succinct, written down goals.
2. She worked hard- This young girl said that she would sell for 10, 11, or sometimes even 12 hours a day on the weekends and for 7 hours a day after she got out of school. You see, we all have 24 hours in a day and she used most of them and used them wisely. This is something that all of us can take note of and be better with our time like she did. Talk about dedication, while most kids her age were playing outside or in front of video games, this young lady was out chasing her goal. It does take sacrifices to hit your goals, this includes time, hard work, and effort. You must decide if you are willing to do what it takes to hit your goals and then make it happen!
3. She spoke to everyone that she saw- This was my favorite part of the whole story. Whenever she came in contact with someone, she asked them for the sale without hesitation. She didn't sit back and worry about what they would say or whether or not they would buy. She just knew that if she asked everyone, then someone would buy. The way she put it was that she just did not take “No” personally. I love this!! How many of us have been held back from succeeding or hitting our goals because we were worried about what others would say and took “No” as personal attack on us?
This young girl's story should serve as an example that we are unstoppable when we have our goals clearly defined and written down, are willing to work hard and sacrifice short term, and learn to not take a “No” personally. These are fundamental success principles that this 6th grader used to accomplish her goals. If a 6th grader can do it, you can too!!
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