Insightful stories of successful people in life did not happened accidentally. They either strive in a particular discourse or have set goals for themselves. Every person wants to be associated with some degree of success in life. How do we then achieve our goals in becoming successful people?
“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going” Said Ralph W. Emerson. It is clear that the main reason for any successful endeavor is that, the goal must be specific and measurable. Richard Carswell envisaged that goals should be written down and backed by a written plan and a burning desire to accomplish them.
Zig Zigler says, “Most people are wandering generalities rather than meaningful specifics.” This buttresses the point that the reason for most failures and under-achievement is vagueness, confusion and not knowing exactly what one desire. It is said that, if you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there. Do you have a goal and have you define it? Is it a goal which is measurable?
Denis Waitley writes “Most people spend their time in tension relieving activities rather than goal achieving activities, getting no closer to the goals they haven’t even set for themselves.” In setting your goals let passion and excitement be your guide. You must plan your goal to win, prepare to win, and then expect to win your goal legitimately.
Taking some excerpts from ‘From Success To Significance’ by Richard Carswell concerning some two great tragedies in life. He said, the first is never to have had great goals for you and the second is to have fully reached them without setting more goals, so that tomorrow holds no eager anticipation of challenge. Wait a minute, which of these two great tragedies are you in? It’s in recognizing your deficiencies that you can work to change or improve your situation.
Abraham Maslow is quoted to have said, “The history of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.” Most people especially those from my part of the world have sold themselves short in reality without knowing. It’s time for us to realign our thinking ability and wake up from our slumber. Most people settle for less because they believe they cannot change their situation. However, Carswell made us to understand that, the only limitations in reality on what you can accomplish are your imagination, desire and your ability to set and achieve goals.
The PETER Acronym for Goal Achievement
Precise: and specific or you don’t know what action to take.
Exciting: thinking about the goal increases your energy.
Truthful: Are you heart-aligned? Is it truly your goal? Is this goal congruent with your values?
Enthusiastic Action: When the goal is exciting and truthful it will be easy for you to take enthusiastic action.
Recordable: Must be put in writing and a date put on it for its accomplishment.
“It’s your moral responsibility to have set and achieve high goals since others who see us will either draw inspiration from us and decide to do likewise or they draw discouragements from us because they see us not doing the most with our abilities” said by Zig Ziglar in regards to setting up goals for greater achievement.
Richard Carswell interestingly enumerated three negative thought patterns shared by all depressed people. These are:
- They have a negative view of themselves. They have low self-esteem.
- They have a pessimistic outlook of their experience.
- They have a negative outlook regarding their future. They have no goals
Depression is reduced to the barest minimum if you are successful setting and realizing your worthy goals. Stay focus and live your dream. You only have one life to live, set your goals which are core to your being and go after zeal and enthusiasm until you achieve them.
Are you happy with the life you are living? Do you have any desiring goals you seek to achieve? What inspirations do you draw from these goals if you have any? You can share you thought in the comment box below.