Let’s set goals until it’s too late!

I have never thought that goal setting is important. I thought it is just something to help us stay focus on what we want. Until I read a book from Tony Robbins, called “Awaken the Giant Within”. After that, my view about setting goals and how my goals can impact the rest of my life has completely changed. So, let’s set goals until it’s too late!

In the book, Tony shared a very powerful metaphor about why we all need to have goals in life…

“Too many of us don’t make the majority of our decisions consciously… in so doing, we pay a major price. In fact, most people live what I call ‘The Niagara Syndrome’. I believe that life is like a river, and that most people jump on the river of life without ever really deciding where they want to end up. So, in a short period, they get caught up in the current: current events, current fears, current challenges.

When they come to forks in the river, they don’t consciously decide where they want to go, or which is the right direction for them. They merely ‘go with the flow’. They become a part of the mass of people who are directed by the environment instead of by their own values. As a result, they feel out of control.

They remain in this unconscious state until one day the sound of the raging water awakens them, and they discover that they’re five feet from Niagara Falls in a boat with no oars. At this point, they say, ‘Oh shoot!’. But by then it’s too late. They’re going to take a fall.

Sometimes it’s an emotional fall.

Sometimes it’s a physical fall.

Sometimes it’s a financial fall.

It’s likely that whatever challenges you have in your life currently could have been avoided by making some better decisions upstream”.

Tony Robbins, quoted from “Awaken the Giant Within” book.

The metaphor, life is like going through streams of rivers, is so real.

Just imagine how your future is going to be if you don’t have any goals in life. Like how Tony Robbins explained in his book, you’ll go through life without knowing which direction to follow. You’ll be like a lost sheep.

When you come to a fork in the road, you don’t know which way to go. And you just go wherever the crowd goes. This is why so many of us are living in mediocrity.

The good news is that you can change this. Start taking control of your life, begin to take charge and become the master of your life again. And the first step to do so is to set empowering goals.

Let’s face it, goal setting is important. No matter whether it is in your work, your life, your health, your financial life, etc, goal setting can be the guiding light to living the life you always wanted.

Your goals are like lighthouses, they show you the way. They point you in the right direction when you’re lost.

If you’re still NOT convinced why setting goals is important or wondering how your life can change through goals, here are reasons to change your mind…

Your goals build your discipline!

It does not have to be something big like building a million-dollar business. Self-discipline starts small in your everyday life.

When you set your goals to stop watching TV and start reading books for 30 minutes, the moment you turn off the TV and pick up a book to read, you have successfully built the discipline. You strengthen your willpower.

A lot of people thought that goal setting is about achieving the goal, but it is not.

Goal setting is about building you into a better person who is worthy of your goals. When you become the person worthy of success, success will come knocking.

This is why people said that it is the journey that counts, not the destination. You become a better person while on the journey to achieving your goals.

You learn to be more responsible and have better self-discipline when you set goals and go for them.

This is why goal setting is important!

Your goals give you direction!

You already knew this. I have explained it above when I shared with you the story from Tony Robbins’ book.

When you need to make a decision, your goals can help you decide. For example, if you are on a diet, it is easy to make a decision about what to eat.

If you are given a choice to eat between a bowl of hot chocolate brownie or a bowl of berries and nuts, what will you do?

Well, it depends on your goal. If you don’t have a goal, then most likely you’re going to eat choose to eat the brownie. But what if you are committed to getting back in shape (your goal)?

The choice becomes obvious. You know what you should choose to eat. This is how having goals gives you direction in life.

This is because your goal gives you clarity and it gives you the direction where you should go.

In other words, your goals can direct your focus in every area in your life.

People will go through life like a lost sheep if they do not have a clear goal. If you don’t have a plan, you will end up in someone else’s plan.

Do you have the experience where you have no idea what to do and out of a sudden your friends give you a call and ask you for a drink or watch a movie?

Your friend has a plan, and you don’t, and you end up following his plan.

It is the same in every other area of your life. If you have no plan to build a business, then you will end up working for someone who has the plan to build a business.

Does this sound familiar? Can you see how goal setting can influence your life right now?

When you have a goal, you know where to focus and you will have a clear direction where to go.

So stop becoming part of people’s goals and plans. Create your own goals and make your own plans today. And learn to set goals.

Your goals allow you to measure your results!

How can you tell where you are or how far you have come if you do not even know what you want to go in the first place?

If you want to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is to weigh yourself. You want to know where you are right now so that you can track your progress.

You cannot do this if you do not have a goal.

Imagine getting into a taxi and the driver asks you where to go. And you tell the driver that you have no idea where to go, what do you think will happen?

Probably the taxi driver will throw you out. You cannot get to your destination without knowing where it is that you wanted to go in the first place.

You must identify and know what you want to accomplish before you can start your journey. And when you know what you want, you can then measure your progress.

This is one of the most important keys why goal setting is important and why goal setting works because it allows you to measure your result and track your progress.

When you have a clear goal and are working on the goal each day, you will see yourself moving closer toward it each day.

You can know if you are moving in the right direction or you should change your strategies because they are not getting you where you want to go.

So create a clear, specific and measurable goal that allows you to track your progress.

When you know where you are and how far you have come, you can then adjust your plan to reach your goal more effectively.

In other words, this also means that people who don’t have goals can’t really get far in life. They can’t improve because they can’t track and measure their progress.

Unless you have a goal or an intention for something, you will not bother to measure or to do better or to improve yourself to achieve it.

Your goals give you hope!

Imagine a professional athlete who has no goals. Why does he want to train or improve himself?

On the contrary, when the professional athlete has a goal, like winning a gold medal in the Olympics, the goal will inspire and motivate him to train, to work hard, and to win the competition.

Not only that, but goals can also become the light that guides you when tough times come.

You will know what you need to do when things are bad and the situation is not helping. Your goals will show you your next step and guide you through the challenges you face.

Walt Disney (Walt Disney: the man who believed in dreams!) was fired from a newspaper editor, but because he had a clear vision and goal, he continued to strive for his dreams. He knew what he wanted to be and what he wanted to build, hence, his goals inspired him to move forward.

Michael Jordan was rejected by his basketball team when he was young because he was not good enough.

However, that never discouraged him. Instead, he went on to practice even harder because he knew what he wanted. He wanted to be the best basketball player of all time. And it was his goal, his vision, and his commitment that drove him to train harder.

Howard Schultz (Howard Schultz: story of Starbucks), the person who grew “Starbucks” and changed the way we drink coffee has been rejected by more than 200 banks during the time he wanted to expand “Starbucks”.

But he didn’t give up and he didn’t quit. He knew what he wanted and went ahead to achieve it.

Your goals will give you hope. So think about your goals all the time. Program them into your subconscious and make them part of your life.

The more you think about your goals and the more you see yourself living your dreams, the more likely you are going to achieve them.

There’s a saying…

“You will become who you think about most of the time.”

So think about your goals and you will eventually reach there. Let your goals guide you and give you hope every day.

Your goals inspire and motivate you!

Without a doubt, your goals should give you inspiration and motivation.

If your goals are not giving you any inspiration or motivation when you think about them, probably you have set the wrong goals.

Whenever this happens, you should really ask yourself if the goals you set are what you truly want.

You can see this situation clearly from those who set goals and get excited about them in the beginning, and after some time, their motivation and excitement decrease and eventually they give up.

If your goals are something that you truly want to achieve in your life, you will never feel lousy or no motivation for them.

Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: success story of a great American inventor) was able to work on what he wanted day and night because it was what he wanted the most in his life.

He loved designs and technology. They are part of his life and he is passionate about his work. He cannot help but think about it every moment.

The same goes for Warren Buffett. Investment is part of his life because he just loves it. Whenever he thinks about investment, he feels excited and this is what leads him to set a goal to make a million-dollar from investing even at age 11.

You have to do the same. You have to find out why you want to set the goals in the first place. Your goals will drive you and motivate you when you have crystal clear reasons to support you.

People give up on their goals or fail to accomplish them because their purposes to achieve the goals are not strong enough.

Thus, find a strong and compelling reason why you want to achieve your goal. Make your goals your motivation whenever you think about them.

Your goals unleash your inner potential!

Even if you are not sure if the goal that you set is what you truly want, you should just set and go for it. Why?

The answer is simple, the goal you set will lead you somewhere and you will discover more there.

Some people say that they have no idea what to do with their lives and they have no clear goals to achieve. Well, just start somewhere.

Start with something that you think you want to achieve in life.

You will never know what will happen in the future. Who knows what you will encounter and who knows if you will encounter something even better down the road.

Richard Branson (Richard Branson: success story of Virgin Group founder) will never start an airline if he never got his flight canceled. Steve Jobs would never bring Apple to where it is today if he never got fired from Apple before.

Things happen for a reason and you just cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect the dots looking backward when you have arrived somewhere.

This is how your goals can bring out the best in you. The only way to know how strong you are is to keep testing your limits. Keep challenging yourself. Set empowering goals and do your best to reach them.

But first, you must start with a goal. You need to know what kind of future you want in order to create it.

What matters most is where you want to go in the future. Start somewhere. Start now.

It is absolutely alright if you set the wrong goal. It will lead you somewhere. By the way, how can you tell if it is a wrong goal if you did not work on it in the first place, right?


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