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Post by Jean G Mathurin, M.D.
What goals do you set for your life?
Many of us have big goals, but we often fail to reach them because we do not divide them into short term and long term. It is essential that we daily goals. Always remember that even the most skilled pilot flying the most sophisticated aircraft in the world will not be able to fly to his or her final destination without a flight plan and a clear destination. Even the best shot in the world cannot hit a target without aiming. Many of us conduct the most expensive vessel ever created—our life—without any goals. To call this insanity may be an understatement.
If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals, you lack focus and direction. When you set a goal, it has to mean something, and there has to be a value to achieving it. Let’s assume, for example, that you have a goal of saving money to purchase a house. someone asks you what type of home you want, and you reply, “Anything that I can sleep in.” How much motivation do you have? Not much! The problem here is that the end state isn’t clear. Conversely, if your goal was more specific, such as ” I want to buy a three bedroom corner lot house in Sacremento California” now you have something to aspire for; you have a mental cue that triggers your focus and motivates you to begin saving for that house.
Having goals for your life was the first of the seven checklist items to create the more successful life you desire.