Are your goals big enough?
Do you have a New Year Eve Resolution? For some people it is a to do list, lose weight, make more money, buy a new car/tv/house, find a new love. To a lot of people this is what a goal is, but I think goals are more than a to do list. Goals are a dream with a deadline. Are your goals for 2016 worthy of you?
Earl Nightingale said in his recording of the Strangest Secret “100 people at age 25 believed they would be successful. At age 65 one will be rich, 4 financially independent, and 54 will be broke.” Why do they fail? Because they fail to set goals the excite and engage them. To quote Earl Nightingale “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” People with goals know where they are going to move closer to their worthy ideal.
As my mentor Bob Proctor says “Change is inevitable, personal growth is optional.” The real purpose of a goal is to grow, to draw something out of you that you didn’t even know was there.
There are really 3 types of goals:
A: This is a goal you already know how to do. Things like planting crops on time, have the same income as last year
B: This type of goal is what you think you can do, there is no growth here. You buy a newer car than the one you have, you sell 10% more product than last year.
C: Wants, this is something you’ve never done before, a fantasy something that your imagination is involved in. Let your imagination wander to places you rarely go. “Imagination is the most powerful force the world has ever known” – Napoleon Hill. My goal is to be a successful professional speaker, the fun is in finding out how I’ll achieve a goal.
Now ask yourself these questions;
- Am I able to do this? We all have infinite potential, I may not know how I am going to do this but I’m able to do this.
- Am I willing? Am I willing to pay the price to make it happen. When you are working toward something you are alive and having fun. Don’t let another person, or condition, or circumstances dictate how you live your life. What do you really love to do?
“God’s gift to us is more talent and ability than we can develop in our lifetime. Our gift to God is to develop as much of this as possible.” Steve Bowe
Growth and fulfillment come with choosing what we want and directing our focus and energy consistently in that direction. Now write out a Goal Card. Write down your goal as if you have already accomplished it, carry the Goal Card with you and look at it and read it frequently during your day. Make a habit of this and you will find that you accomplish your goals.