Do you have clear goals? Are you living the life you are capable of living?
Most people aren't. In fact, Henry David Thoreau said that most people live "lives of quiet desperation."
I believe that's because most people go through life aimlessly, without clear and compelling objectives.
It's easy to become cavalier about goals. So, I've identified seven powerful reasons you should have clear, compelling, and written goals.
They Are the Starting Point for Achievement
Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible into the visible.
-- Tony Robbins
Before anything happens in the real world it first has to happen in the mind. Defining your aspirations is the starting point for achievement. What do you want to create?
They Provide a Blueprint for Success
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Dreams are the seeds for our achievement. Goals turn your dreams into a destination. Once the vision is turned into a target it becomes easier to create the plan.
They Keep you Focused
No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.
-- Paulo Coelho
It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and lose sight of what you're really trying to accomplish. Goals help you keep your eyes on the prize. They keep you focused on where you're going, especially when times get tough.
They Turn Obstacles into Opportunity
To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focussed on the outcome, not the obstacles.
-- T.F. Hodge
You will meet with frustration in your pursuits. Having a clear goal will help you look past your roadblock. When the destination is clear, obstacles turn into opportunities, stepping stones to success.
They Help You Become the Person You are Capable of Becoming
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
-- Zig Ziglar
Whether you actually achieve your goals or not, it's in the pursuit of them that you grow. The real prize is not the attainment, but your personal growth -- who you become. It's not about the destination. It's the journey that provides the real prize.
They Force You to Face Reality
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This is where the rubber meets the road. Are you merely dreaming, or are you ready to take action? If you truly want to achieve your goals, you must create a plan for execution. And, then you must work your plan.
You Are Capable of More
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.
-- Jim Rohn
You have untapped potential. Setting and pursuing goals helps you to tap into that potential and fulfill your purpose.
What Are Your Goals?
Take some time to create your goals. Consider these questions:
- What were you put on this planet to do?
- What are your hearts true desires?
- Who are you capable of becoming?
The answers to those questions will help you start to turn the invisible into the visible. From those answers create one to three tangible goals. Then create a plan to achieve them.
Finally, go to work on your plan. Take it one step at a time. You grow and become better with each step.
Let the goal go to work on you. Be excited for who you will become.