What is the Importance of Setting Big Goals?
“There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow, or the endless drift of events will make the decision for us.” – Herbert Prochnow
Definition of a goal:
A goal is the progressive realization of a dream within a given time.
In other words, goals are specific elements, if you will, of your big-picture vision to accomplish or complete within a set time period.
If your destiny is a skyscraper, then goals are the bricks and steel beams that serve as the building’s foundation.
Because this is the case, it’s imperative to understand that goals are the foundation to realize the destiny for which you were born. Your goals are the key factors in determining the events that occur in your life.
The following is a John F. Kennedy quote on goals, which I believe best drives this point home:
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
Goals (which come from purpose and direction) are something that we can only create from our hearts. Many times, people get overwhelmed by the vastness of their biggest goals and question themselves by asking questions like:
- Is my goal realistic?
- Am I just dreaming?
- Should I listen to those people telling me to just give up?
- Should I settle for mediocrity?
I believe that you should not just set your sights on your ultimate goal. It is far easier to just concentrate on your next challenge and then proceed toward your ultimate destination one step at a time.
Otherwise, it is too easy to become overwhelmed by the overall goal and give up. Many years ago I wrote down these thoughts from an unknown source that ties into this point very well:
- Goals are not promises, but commitments.
- They are not wishes, but visions.
- We do not dream and hope these dreams are going to find us; we find them.
- Your goals don’t start in your brain; they start in your heart.
The beautiful thing about goals is that you have a choice: To build and create your own destiny, or to sit back, like Herbert Prochnow says, and let life’s circumstances determine who you become and what you achieve in life.
I believe that those who decide to sit back are like a leaf blown off a tree during a windstorm that flutters aimlessly until landing at an unknown destination. These folks end up falling to wherever it is that the wind blows them…beaten up and battered, eventually stomped on and crushed!
I know this may sound harsh, but think about all the people in this world who have never done something significant and who end up regretting later in life all that they would’ve, could’ve and should’ve accomplished.
Remember: “Almost” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
These are excerpts from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”, and this is one of the many topics I can speak on. I am happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.
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