It’s the 1st December already. ‘Tis the season to be jolly as the great Christmas carol goes. It is also the season to be doing something else that is also as important as being jolly. Before I go into that, here is a couple of questions for you.
Has the year gone quickly for you? Or has it dragged on and on? Has it been productive and fulfilling or has it been one laden with tasks that you despise? Have you been focused, with specific outcomes to achieve? Or have you been meandering aimlessly and just ‘getting on’ with things?
You may have guessed that I am talking about your goals.
Yes, this is the time of year that I do a full review of what I have-and haven’t-achieved. What I got right and what I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I regularly review my goals to ensure I am on track and also so I can make any adjustments, if needed, in my approach.
And of course, more importantly, it is the time I set my goals for next year. And I have high standards so I also ensure I have some goals that truly stretch me. Goals set that are too easily achieved, I feel, automatically set limits on what I am capable of.
So what is the big deal about setting goals?
For me, I don’t know about you, goals keep me focused and disciplined. When correctly written out (And there is a specific process), they give me a sense of purpose. They also help me overcome those things we call obstacles that life churns out, sometimes on a regular basis.
With the self discipline that my goals instill in me, it helps me defeat that arch enemy of success, instant gratification. And too much of that deeply and adversely effects your long term happiness.
I quite often see clients who are frustrated with life and their job. Each year seems to plod by and their inner frustration of seeing others around them succeeding leads to stress and in some cases, depression. All of them have no goals. Nothing to aim towards, nothing to look forward to.
When you have clear goals, when you do know where you are heading, when you do know you can achieve your aspirations and dreams (Or at least get very close), life becomes far more enjoyable. Hurdles become lower to jump, obstacles appear smaller, brick walls are easier to climb. The frustrations become less and don’t last anywhere near as long as they did in the days when I didn’t set any.
So why not try it if you are frustrated with what’s going on (or not going on) in your life? What have you got to lose? What could you gain? Think about it, if you have nothing to aim for you become a Nomad in life. You will be pushed hither and thither by the wind and have no control over your own destiny, which is there waiting for you. Setting your goals is one way to create that destiny.
Jim Rohn said something along the lines of, “Keep moving towards your own goals and plans. If not you will fall into the plans of others. And guess what they have planned for you? Nothing.”
And to those of who you who say you don’t have goals or don’t want to sacrifice a little time to set goals, or cannot achieve goals, I will say this to you: Nonsense. Every day you are helping others achieve their goals and therefore, their dreams.
If that is the case, and it is, then surely it makes sense to set and achieve your own goals?
You were not born to fail or win. It is your choices that determine if you lose or are victorious in life my friends.