Goals are quite a powerful tool that we have to guide and excite our inner being. Without goals our lives would seem empty and without purpose. Yes, we all have goals. Some may not realize it, but they set goals every day. It can be as mundane as finishing to cut the grass before the end of the day to saving for retirement. It’s just that sometimes the goals are overshadowed by the noise of life.
It’s possible to experience amazing things when you leverage goals as a guiding principle in your life. There’s no way I would’ve ventured to live in a foreign country for two years if I didn’t set some challenging goals. I quit a good paying and stable job, sold all my belongings, said good-bye to my family and friends then left to Ecuador. I didn’t know the language, had never been more than a few hours away from home, and didn’t even have the skills to do the job, but I had a goal. My inner being was so excited by this goal that this energy alone allowed me to overcome the intensity of fear that lingered in my mind. The mere thought of achieving something of this magnitude helped inspire and drive me toward reaching it.
Taking the time to understand goals and your motivation behind them will help you reach your potentiality in life. Goals are not hollow gestures, you need to identify what they are, then add substance to them. First and foremost is to determine the complexity of the goals. Are they really quite easy or will they require some effort on your part? Will they take a short time to achieve, or will they take a long time to achieve? Part of defining a goal is to understand the time and energy it will take to achieve it. If we don’t take the time to do this simple step, we’ll fail in doing what we need to do to, not only motivate ourselves, but to excite our inner being to attain it.
The way we think about our goals helps us understand our senses of passion, commitment, accountability, and the like. The way we understand will help us create real value from our goals and allow us to focus on what is truly meaningful to us. It gives us the ability to filter the noise, crisis, complexity, and distractions all around us.
You can’t reach a goal unless you’ve dreamed it first.
Once we commit and understand our goals we can take effective approaches to take action. The challenge is our approach. There’s rarely a linear direction to reach our goals because we’ll encounter challenges and diversions along the way. The important point is that we need to have confidence and strength in our approach. The last thing you want is to expend a lot of action with no meaning.
You need to focus these actions to embrace a goal. This will allow you to commit to them, manage your understanding to maintain momentum toward the achievement of your goal, and to adjust your approach in the pursuit of your goals. The ability for you to become consciously aware of these aspects will help you achieve your goals and ultimately fulfillment in your life. Soon you’ll realize that the goal isn’t really the destination, rather a way of life. Keep in mind your success isn’t following someone else’s dream, goals, or achievements; it’s you learning to love what you love and not worrying about how people will see you. It’s all about how you see yourself. This is the power of goals in your life; you only need to garner the courage to seek them out.
Are you ready to set and achieve your goals?
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