Soccer World Cup fever is at an all time high with the first match of the round of 16th playing today. The teams in this world cup could not be more different but yet have one thing is common – to score goals and win every match for the trophy.
Now, imagine if the teams didn’t understand the goal concept and wandered around the field passing the ball back and forth with no real aim. It wouldn’t be much of an entertaining sport, would it?
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.
Well, have you ever wondered why sometimes our lives feel dull and empty? If you really pay attention, those moments of dullness and emptiness often comes when we’re not working toward any specific goal – being unaware of the real purpose behind our actions.
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, got dressed and 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.
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…. While some of those milestones seem to have happened automatically (e.g. sit up, crawl, walk), many of them are milestones that we can only achieve with a definite plan of action and goal setting.
Goals are objectives that you intend to achieve. Going through life without them is like getting in your car and driving aimlessly expecting to arrive at your destination without a clue how to get there. If you had a roadmap or a GPS, you could have gotten there in a reasonable amount of time but because you just drove and drove – maybe you will eventually get there but at what cost? How much time and energy did you waste because you didn’t take a couple minutes to punch in the destination in your GPS?
The most successful people on this planet didn’t wake up one day with an idea and a few minutes later, got dressed and became successful
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, celebrate each goal achieved no matter how small – just like a soccer player celebrates each goal scored. Then and only then will you find yourself exactly where you wanted to be.
We’ve all set some goals at the beginning of the year 2014. If you’re not where you intended to be or you would like to achieve more, join us on this Live FREE webinar: “Change Your Story. Change Your Life.”
This is one of those topics that I could write and talk about all day every day. Goal setting, goal achieving, goals goals goals! So, join the conversation on the “Change Your Story. Change Your Life.” Live Free Webinar I’m hosting at this end of July 2014.