I have discussed goal setting in many arenas. When setting goals, many people focus on future accomplishments. (Which is not a bad idea.) However, what about the goal of now? It was Harvey Mackay that said, “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” There are 3 steps to achieving the goal of now.
1. Know Where You Are
So, you have a goal you need to achieve. A big part of achieving your goal has to do with knowing where you are with your state of mind.
Knowing where you are will help you get where you are going.
If you want to live an exceptional life, know where you are now to get where you are going later. I do believe in action. But action shouldn’t come before a proper thorough assessment of where you are.
2. Know Where You Are Going
After you know where you are, then you can properly plan and set a proper target date/time to achieve your goal. I’m all about setting goals, whether it is short term, midpoint, long term, personal, professional, spiritual, athletically, relationally, etc. When you know where you are going it makes you more prepared for the challenges ahead.
“More prepared” doesn’t mean your goal will be easy to achieve. Yes, sacrifices will need to be made. And yes, risks will need to be taken. However, if you know where you are going, then it makes it a little easier for you to make sacrifices and take risks. All because you have a goal and a destination in mind.
It will take determination and extraordinary mental resolve, if the goal is worthy enough of your time.
3. Change Now
What can you do right now to influence the success of your future? Is it a change in perspective? Is it a change of friends? Or is it a change in action?
Regardless of what is needed, it needs to be done NOW!
I love quotes and encouraging thoughts. Just the other day, my sister forwarded me a quote by Alan Kays that said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
We have full power to create the life that we want to live, but it starts right now.
Don’t just read this and go back to where you are — START NOW! Make plans and couple your plans with realistic deadlines.
It doesn’t matter whether you start big or small. Just start now.
Be the wEiRd this world needs! Bryant MTN Universal