Did you set a New Year’s 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.” Wow, 54 percent of the people will end up broke! Why do they fail? Because they fail to set goals the excite and engage them. To be successful in life you must do more than just exist. You should be setting goals that cause you to grow and expand. Why? Because your purpose is to become more, to grow to be an example to others. 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. This is something that they do every day, every week and every year.
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 do the same thing at work you did last year and have the same income as last year. Nothing new, no growth just the same old thing.
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. Again nothing exciting here.
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. Did Walt Disney know how he was going to create the magical place we all know as Disney? No, but he had a dream and he gave it a deadline and know millions of us have enjoyed his vision.
- 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? What would you do in your life if you knew you could not fail? If success was guaranteed, what would you do? Dream big!
“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. Set some time aside, get into a comfortable, quiet place and let your imagination go. What do you see? What do you hear and smell? What do you dream of being? What do you dream of having? What do you dream of doing? Write these ideas down. Just write, no judgement, no letting what others have said stop you just write down all the ideas, thoughts and dreams. Now look at that list, pick the one that you feel most. Take that dream and write it out again. Now write it out on a Goal Card. Write down your goal as if you have already accomplished it. Start with a date in the future when you believe you can have this goal accomplished. As an example; “Today is February 1 2016, and I am so happy and grateful that I am a Professional Speaker helping thousands of people reach their dreams every year” Now 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.