2022 started off very interesting. The Freedom Convoy — the group of patriotic truckers — stormed our nation’s capital. These peace-loving Canadians have banded together to fight against the oppressive restrictions and mandates we’ve all been subject to for the past two years. And believe it or not, there’s a lot that this movement can teach you about achieving your goals.
I’ve never been big on politics.
Even now, I still refrain from having conversations on this topic. It’s just too much of a heated discussion, and my life is a drama-free zone.
However, the Freedom Convoy is an inspiring display of courage that can’t be ignored. And there are many things you can learn about this movement that is applicable to you achieving your goals.
In fact, here are 3 things the freedom convoy can teach you about setting and reaching your objectives in life.
1. Preparation is Key
The people who organized this movement knew what they were doing. They didn’t just decide to drive across Canada and inundate parliament hill on a whim. Not by a long shot. This whole operation was carefully, strategically, and methodically planned and executed.
They covered their bases by premediating everything the government might do. And how they would respond as a result.
This intelligent group of individuals came prepared.
And they did so by enlisting the expertise of seasoned lawyers, recruiting world-renowned scientists, and even having a marketing team that’s on point with their social media presence.
In fact, their Instagram account (where they post daily updates on the operation) now has over 100k followers.
That’s a big deal for an account that’s been active for only a few weeks.
How Proper Preparation Applies to Your Goals
What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to lose weight? Make more money? Or possibly switch careers? Whatever it is you’re aiming at, achieving your goals is going to take preparation.
Similar to how the truckers prepared themselves by assembling a team to create a movement. You will also need to prepare for your endeavor as well.
Granted, it most likely won’t be as extensive as hiring lawyers and scientists for your cause. But it will require planning nonetheless.
The proper preparation generates a plan, and a plan provides confidence, and confidence breeds conviction. Consequently, this all coalesces together to produce the resolve you need to follow through.
When working toward achieving your goals, be scrupulous in your planning. Map out every possible detail, and leave no stone unturned.
Here are some additional things to consider:
- How much money will it cost?
- What are the potential challenges that could arise?
- What internal mental blocks do I have that may prevent me from staying consistent? Do I know anyone who could help me overcome these hesitancies?
Map it all out. The more you’re able to foresee the potential obstacles, the better you’ll be able to handle them when they present themselves.
2. Have a Support System
You can’t do everything yourself — no man is an island. As a result, you need a support system. Some kind of team of people that have your back and that will encourage you when things get hard. Moreover, this was perfectly exemplified by the sheer volume of people who have supported the trucker’s ambitions via donations, roadside attendance, as well as kind and encouraging words on social media.
In numerous interviews, the truckers have stated how the support from their fellow Canadians has helped in their endeavor. The encouragement has caused the truckers to ‘dig their heels in deeper and push harder.
Moreover, it also acts as proof that they’re doing the right thing, which further solidifies their position.
How a Support System Applies to Your Goals
No matter what you’re doing, downtimes will come. You will doubt yourself, your insecurities will seem to dominate you, and your journey will be punctuated with hopelessness.
When this happens, your support system can lift your downtrodden spirit. Times will come where you won’t always believe in what you’re going after — this is inevitable and natural — but your support system will.
And they will prove invaluable to your progress, and ultimately, achievement.
3. Expect (And Properly Handle) the Haters
It’s unbelievable some of the things people have done to try to derail the truckers’ protesting efforts. Everything from media misrepresentation, gaslighting, and even the Prime Minister has demonized these peaceful protestors.
Additionally, the media has been doing everything they can to make a mockery of this peaceful movement. Labeling them as terrorists, anti-vax, alt-right conspiracy theorists, and everything else you can think of. Their names (and reputations) have been slandered and dragged through the mud by these people.
The federal government has even baited them by dropping a large industrial garbage container full of bricks and stones in the downtown core of Ottawa. This was done in an effort to make it easy for them to destroy public property.
Which of course, the media would then run with by displaying how “dangerous and out of control” the truckers are.
But yet, the truckers have remained peaceful. They have refused to succumb to the pitiful tactics that have been used against them by the government and the media.
And I for one think that’s amazing.
How Expecting (and Properly Handling) the Haters Applies to Your Goals
No matter what you do, regardless of how altruistic or noble your intentions are, there will be people who don’t like it. When you’re on the path to achieving your goals, this is to be expected. Haters are part of the journey, whether you like it or not.
And when you notice them coming from the woodworks — do what the truckers have done. Remain peaceful, stay cordial, don’t give in to their backhanded comments, their pathetic attempts to derail your progress, or their negative outlooks and attitude.
It has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with their own lack of initiative and self-hatred. People project onto others what they don’t want to see in themselves.
So anytime someone (or a group of people, for that matter) tries to diminish your ambitions, it’s only because they’re too scared and afraid to follow through on their own. And so they want to bring you down to their level so that they can feel better about themselves.
Don’t give in. Wish them love and keep moving forward in the direction of your desires!