Goal Setting | 2015

2015 is fast approaching and it is time to write those goals. Do you usually write goals? If you do write goals, then this might be something different for you. If you have never written goals this might be good for you.  It isn’t super hard, but it will make you think, as one of my employees uttered to me, “Trey you are going to making me really think.”

I responded, “Yes, I want you to think about where you are going and where you want to go. What you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. I don’t want you to be a boat without a ruder, that just goes where the wind pushes you. I want you to be able to be able to be the captain of the your ship.”

“Goals provide you with clarity of outcome, which is the prerequisite for becoming an outstanding decision maker (Newberry p.56),” but less than three percent of individuals practice goal setting. One of the benefits of goal setting is taking control of your life. I believe that many people, myself included lack Self-Control and Self-Discpline in areas of our lives. When we set goals, we take control and stay focused on what we want to achieve. bigstock-Achieve-success-15063410

This last year I set goals for 2014, wrote them down and had them in front of me on a white board. There were two huge goals I wanted to accomplish and I succeeded in doing so. One was to get my 2-20 insurance license. I studied for four months and took the test… twice and passed. This is a very hard test and I set my goal had a plan, had a date and always spoke to myself as though I have already accomplished it.

Then I wanted to get my National Diploma (Soccer Coaching License)  from the NSCAA. As a soccer coach this is just another step in becoming better in something I love to do. What was hard was I would be away from my family for a whole week during our vacation and I would be spending a lot of money, but I did it, I accomplished it and it has benefited me this year as a coach.

There are many reason why you should set goals, but Tom Newberrry says it best in hie book Success Is Not An Accident: Your Choices Change Your Life.

“Without goals, one does not live; one simply exists, drifting. Your life and your future will be determined by what comes along and attracts your attention. Denis Waitley writes, ‘The reason most people don’t reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or ever seriously consider them as a believable or achievable.”

Newberry gives the Top 10 Reasons to establish written goals:

10. Written goals strengthen your character by promoting a long-term perspective
9. Written goals allow you to lead your life as opposed to simply hanging it.
8. Written goals provide internal, permanent, and consistent motivation.
7. Written goals help you stay focused – to concentrate on what’s most important.
6. Written goals enhance your decision making ability.
5. Written goals simultaneously require and build self-confidence.
4. Written goals help you create the future in advance.
3. Written goals he[ you control changes – to adjust your sails, to work with the wind rather than against it.
2. Written goals heighten your awareness of opportunities that are consistent with your goals.
1. And finally, the most important benefit of setting effective goals is the person you become as a result of the pursuit!

So in conclusion, setting goals isn’t just for people that are __________! Put in your description of these types of individuals. Goal Setting is for everyone. “Mediocrity breeds mediocrity (Newberry p.61).” Don’t let life or others shape your life, your destiny. Create it your self and watch the person you become through the pursuit and journey of succeeding and sometimes even failing.

Here is a PDF that you can print out and fill out for goal setting. Goal Setting 2015

Questions for you to Ponder:

In what areas of your life have you grown the most over the past ten years?
In what areas of your life have you grown the least in the past ten years?

 


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