It’s Hard To Hit A Goal You Don’t Have
Jon and I were talking earlier today about goals and I thought I’d share some of those thoughts with you. Many of us have these vague and vaporous ideas we like to call goals. That’s me included. We call them goals, but really they are just dreams at this point. Why? Because we have no plans to make them reality.
I’m defining a goal this way: “A goal is a desire to achieve a result measurable in concrete terms.”
“I want to see the world.” That’s a dream. “I want to visit Stockholm and Gothenburg this October 15th through the 27th.” That is a goal. The only way that it stays a goal is by developing a plan. First, I need a passport before I can leave/enter another country, second I need money for the tickets. I need to then actually buy the tickets. And when the 14th of October rolls around, I need to pack and drive to the airport and get on the right plane!
Stop being afraid of your dreams.
So often we leave our dreams floating aimlessly through our imaginations and never turn them into real tangible goals. It’s time to stop that. Stop being afraid of your dreams. Stop being afraid of failure when you start making goals. Failure is just one of life’s classes. Learn from it and try again.
Our challenge to you and us as well is this: Take 14 minutes today and turn one of your dreams into a tangible goal. Write it on a sheet of paper. Then, on that same peice of paper, write three things you can do in the next week to get you closer to that goal. Post this paper somewhere you have to see it multiple times per day. Check off those items as you do them. When next week rolls around and you’ve completed those three things, write down three more. Do this for three months and see if you don’t start achieving your goals.
It may take some time before you get any real momentum going. Trust me, I know. But keep at it, you will get there. Keep taking that next step. That is all you have to do.