Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you need to do in order to get what you want. For example, today is my moms birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!!). However, she had no clue as to where she wanted to go for her birthday dinner.

1. Identify what it is you want.
My mom said, “I want to go out for dinner, but I have no idea where!” So, I asked her, “What kind of food do you want to eat?” After a few hemming and hawing, she finally decided, “I want Italian food! But what’s a good Italian restaurant? The Olive Garden?”

2. Make a plan to get what you want.
I am not letting my mom have her birthday dinner at The Olive Garden. So, I suggested, “Why don’t we check online to see what the best Italian restaurants are in Atlanta.” We did some research, checked out reviews on yelp and found an Italian restaurant in her neighborhood with great menu items at good prices and raving reviews. We made a reservation for tonight.

3. Believe that you are going to get what you want.
I feel like this is the biggest mistake that most people make. They know what they want,they know how to get what they want, but they don’t have the right attitude to get what they want. Now, when I told my mom we should do research, she was very hesitant. “Researching online is so hard! I’m never gonna find anything!” She tried to research on her own, but after 30 minutes of looking she found nothing that interested her. So I offered to do it for her. With a positive attitude and knowing that I could find something online, I found the perfect restaurant for her in 15 minutes. This is clearly a light example, but I truly believe that if you set your mind to something and believe that you truly can achieve it, that’s all the inspiration and motivation you need in order to get what you want. If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it. Attitude is everything.

In short, attitude + application = getting anything you want.

I wanted my mom to have a special birthday dinner tonight. And now she’s going to! Happy birthday, Mom! I love you!