Four reasons why people don’t set goals:
- They don’t realize the importance of goals. If the people with whom you spend the most time — family, friends, colleagues, and so forth — are not clear and committed to goals, there is a chance that you will not be, either.
- They don’t know how to set goals. Some set goals that are too general. These are, in reality, fantasies common to everyone. Goals, on the other hand, are clear, written, specific, and measurable.
- They fear failure. Failure hurts, but it is often necessary to experience failure in order to achieve the greatest success. Do not unconsciously sabotage yourself by not setting any goals in which you might fail.
- They fear rejection. People are often afraid that if they are unsuccessful at achieving a goal, others will be critical of them. This is remedied by keeping your goals to yourself at the outset; let others see your results and achievements once you’ve accomplished your goals.[i]
Goal-setting teaches you discipline. It is the navigation system to get you from point A to point B. You must identify where you are in your goal-setting. If you don’t focus on the things you want, you’ll end up focusing on the things you don’t want. Follow the advice of men and women who have put these principles into practice and have succeeded. If you fail to do so, you will continue to live day-by-day, barely surviving; hoping and wishing things change, but never achieving that which you desire. A dream without a written goal is just a fantasy.
Why do people with goals succeed while those without goals fail? Earl Nightingale says, “people with goals succeed because they know where they are going”. We also become what we think about most of the time. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. We are the sum of all our thoughts.[ii] So if you’re constantly writing your goals down, declaring your goals and thinking of them daily, it’s only a matter of time before you begin manifesting those goals.
|I can’t live with a dream and not even try to fulfill it. Do the same.
A study was conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In that year, the students were asked the following question: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing, and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all.
Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.
Ten years from now what do you want to have accomplished? Time is ticking. Start creating your Wunderlist and start living in your future today!
[i] “What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School” by Mark McCormack