We admire the success of others immensely. “How do they do that? What is so different about them? They are just lucky.” It matters not who it is: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford… stand outs are the envy of all.
What is the energy behind their success? How have they achieved such astonishing results? The names associated with success mentioned each had a separate vision (goals) that consumed them and that vision was a defining factor of their success. They redefined it as the evolution occurred in their individual circumstances.
For example, Michael Jordan was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore and resolved to a relentless summer to never let that happen again. He had a plan and executed a strategy to make it happen. His vision and passion drove him to succeed.
“We all have desires of what we want to be and who we want to become.”
Yet, unless we write our goals and implement a plan, our aspirations are merely dreams. I do not believe the process of goal setting needs to be reviewed as so many of you reading this know how and what to do, because of seminars, books, and experience. Yet less than 5% of people have written goals that are reviewed regularly. To truly achieve goals, writing and reviewing them is extremely important.
The wisdom of goals/vision is referenced in Proverbs where Solomon states, “where there is no vision the people perish”. Not much in life consistently works out well with a mindset of shooting first and aiming afterward. Plans are imperative to building a home that is safe and secure. Goals and plans are required to establish so many areas of our life: money, family, profession, business, health and well-being, relationships, and almost all aspects of our life. I would encourage you as much as I need to remind myself to set aside some time to plan for next year.
If this was helpful or stimulated any thoughts please feel free to comment.
Jeffery – Great post. With all the distractions in our lives these days it is becoming more and more important to stay focused on what we are actually trying to achieve. I think if you don’t have a clear well thought out plan the years go by and you end up just admiring others instead of celebrating your own achievements. Once again, very well written and thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Mark – thanks for your feedback! You make a great point to celebrate our own achievements.
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