The importance of goal setting is crucial, yet too many of us tend to play the game called Someday. Someday, I’ll set my goals. Someday, I’ll write my plans. Someday is the enemy. Someday always turns into One of These Days which inevitably turns into None of These Days. The best goal setting is always done in the present. After all, you can’t score if there’s no goal.
Big dreams and good intentions alone will not drive your success now or in the future. To get the outcomes you’re after you must stick to daily actions. It takes discipline, motivation and execution- the doing part so to speak.
Goal Setting: Are You Doing It Right?
Have your goals been too small? Have you low-balled your goals to ensure you’d reach them in time? Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, have you set your goals so high they’re not even physically possible to achieve? Reality is, the actual goal is irrelevant, whether it's too big, too small or just right. What matters is discipline and execution. If you’ve failed to reach your goals in the past, chances are that failure came down to lack of discipline.
Advantageous goal setting must be written down and kept within eyesight. Without the discipline to write down your goals, you’ll never have the discipline to execute on your dreams, goals or plans. It’s your self-discipline to take action that will create motivation. That motivation is the byproduct of your actions. Admittedly, it's easier to be skeptical than it is to be successful. But here's the difference between the skeptical and successful individuals: successful individuals focus on the actions that propel them closer to their goals.
What are your going to do? Are you going to take the path of least resistance or are you going to be disciplined and take action day after day, week after week, year after year to make your dreams reality? Today, right now, the choice is yours.