Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Achieve Your Goals!

I think it's very important to set goals.  But, not only should one set goals, one should also develop a plan to achieve these goals.  As they say, failing to plan is planning to fail.  When it comes to goals, people generally fall into one of three categories.

Losers: Losers don't have goals.  They are often perfectly happy with the status quo.  It's like they are sitting in a life raft in the middle of the ocean, drifting where ever the tide takes them.  They have no plan to get rescued and they spend no effort paddling to get anywhere.  They do, however, have nice tans.

Goal Makers: Goal makers establish goals but never achieve them.  They tend to have exactly the same New Year's resolutions year after year.  Goal makers frequently fail because they either don't outline a plan to achieve their goals or they don't have the long-term commitment required to succeed.  Fortunately, they have a big book of excuses….too busy at school or work, can't afford it, don't have time because of the kids, the dog ate it, etc.  Unlike total losers who have no goals, goal makers have the foresight to set goals, but just like losers, they never achieve anything.

Goal Achievers: People in this category set challenging goals, develop a plan to get there, keep their eye on the ball, and have the persistence and intestinal fortitude to work through the challenges until they achieve their goals.  Goal achievers are highly successful people and are generally the happiest of the bunch.

So, what category do you fall into?

Do you want to lose ten pounds?  Run a five minute mile?  Earn your bachelor's degree?  Achieve the rank of Eagle Scout?  Complete a marathon before you're forty?  WELL, GO FOR IT!

Define your goals.  Determine what time, money, and resources are needed to achieve them.  Create a plan and strategy to get there.  It won't be easy and will require lots of sacrifices...and you may even need to rework your life's priorities, budget, and time to make it happen....but, just do it!  Tape your plan to the bathroom mirror and spend every day, month, and year focused on it.  I guarantee if you don't achieve it, you'll at least be a hell of a lot better off than if you hadn't tried.

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