If you’ve ever tried to plow a field you know this to be true: If you don’t look at a fixed point on the horizon, your rows will meander all over the field. The same holds true I have found in your life. Without keeping sight of a specific goal you are likely to wander off course.
I’m sure this is not the first time you have read, “You need goals if you want to be successful in life.”
Most people have heard this advice yet less than 5% of the population sets goals. I know I can go in streaks where year upon year I’m on track with personal and professional goals written down on paper and then I fall by the wayside, get lazy and so forth. And its amazing what happens in my life.
Today I’d like to share three reasons WHY folks may not set goals.
First, it’s hard work. It requires time and soul searching.
Second, fear of failure, if you don’t set goals, you can’t fail, yet you can’t succeed either. Give yourself permission to fail. In failure we find how to be successful.
Third, fear of success. Some people don’t value themselves enough to feel they deserve success. Others don’t set goals because they are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their goals. Everyone has the potential to be whatever they want to be, but what must happen first is that you DECIDE you want to be!
When working on your goal development here are some pointers:
- Goals need to be an extension of your values.
- Your goals need to be specific.
- Your goals need to be written down.
- Set challenging yet realistic goals for yourself.
- Have a visual to keep you focused. Take time to visualize the goal achieved.
- Reward yourself as you attain steps in the journey to your goal achievement.
Believe in yourself. Keep your eye on site with your goals. Set your plans to paper then take action and remember it’s okay to fail, however it’s also okay to succeed!