This is one of those topics that I could write about all day. Goal setting, goal achieving, goals goals goals!
We all have goals. Each and every one of us. Some of us think we gave up a long time ago and don’t have any but we do. Every day we wake up with the goal to live another day. Ok, maybe that is a stretch but don’t we all have goals to some extent? And why is it so important to have goals?
The most successful people on this planet didn’t wake up one day with an idea and a few minutes later after they got dressed became successful… No way. They had an idea and they developed a plan. Within that plan there were goals – some big, some little – some attainable, some way out there.
And each day, they worked at it – chipping away, having triumphs and failures along the way but tweaking and re-evaluating and working toward goals. Goals!
We have had goals from the day we were born. Sit up. Crawl. Walk. Talk. Feed ourselves. Dress ourselves. Express ourselves. Make friends. Learn. Communicate. Develop relationships. Learn a skill. Get a job. Get married. Have a family. Buy a car. Buy a house. Take a vacation…. Many of these things are milestones that we can only achieve with a plan of action and goal setting.
Goals are objectives that you intend to achieve. Going through life without goals is like getting in your car and driving aimlessly expecting to arrive at your destination without a clue how to get there. When I was younger, I would jump in the car and start driving to wherever I was going. After I started driving I would start thinking about how to get there. I didn’t want to waste time so I start driving RIGHT NOW! And therefore, I wasted more time.
The longest distance between two points is a shortcut. Well… if it is anything that matters, that’s true. You cannot short cut growth or success or relationships. You have do what it takes. You have to plant seeds if you want to have a harvest.
Moving through life without a roadmap and expecting to reach certain milestones haphazardly is certainly one way to go but if you want to get somewhere quickly and with less energy and time, then set goals, work towards them and you will find yourself exactly where you wanted to be.