Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Map, Please

I’m a dreamer and I’m a list maker. The two go together well when it comes to making goals. I have a lot of them too. Some barely spoken, some mapped out in pains-taking detail. I think it’s good and important for you to know where you want to go and what you want to do.

When you ask the most successful people in the world about their goals, they don’t talk about goals in terms of weeks or months. They speak in years. They talk about 5, 10 and even 25 year plans. Goals are important. Goal setting techniques are used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields, including writing. They give long-term vision and short-term motivation. They provide focus and help you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your life.

Goals come in all shapes and sizes, from “I want to lose weight” to “I want to have a New York Times Best Seller.” People will disagree as to which of those is easier, but few who’ve achieved either of those goals – or any other major goal for that matter – will disagree that reaching your goals is a process. It takes work. For the most part, our greatest dreams don’t fall in our laps. They start with a seed, a notion and they grow into success.

4 comments:

  1. I love the image of goals beginning as seeds. I must say, Brynn, your garden is really coming along nicely!

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  2. And of course, it takes perseverance. Good post!

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  3. The most important thing that I have to say about goals is: Don't be afraid to dream. Just because a goal seems very difficult, don't dismiss it as impossible. Dreams fuel our passions, and passion is what gets us where we want to go - what keeps us going when the going gets tough!

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