Being goal focused means learning goal setting. To set a goal, you have to know where you’re headed, but most people have no clear direction. They don’t know what they’re working toward, and they have no way to gauge their success or failure.
Take an airline pilot for example. Flight plans are necessary for departure and arrival times, to account for weather and wind variations, and to map out the route to get to the final destination. What if the pilot sat in the cockpit, knew what all of the controls were for, but didn’t have a flight plan? How would he get you to your destination?
The simple answer is that he wouldn’t. That’s what it’s like to coast through life without goals. Goals are your flight plan. They help you chart a path from where you are right now to where you want to be. Without a plan, you’re just flying around in circles and burning valuable fuel.
Setting Goals Requires Commitment
Setting goals will not matter if you don’t commit to seeing them through. It’s the equivalent of coming up with a flight plan but never setting foot in the cockpit. Following through on a goal is hard, and it can be scary. But if you’re not happy with your life, you’re the only one who can change it.
Are You Willing to Take Responsibility?
Most people fail in reaching their goals because they neglect to change their mindset. It’s easy to make excuses for why you aren’t successful. You may tell yourself that you don’t have the time or money. You may tell yourself that you were dealt a bad hand in life, and you can’t change it.
You have to be willing to set these excuses aside and take responsibility for your life. When a pilot sits down in the cockpit, they accept responsibility for the aircraft. They can’t make excuses because they have the lives of other people in their hands and so do you. You have your life in your hands. What you choose to do with it is your responsibility.
This is not to diminish what has happened to you. I’m here to give you encouragement to get up and move forward, to plan for your success. You are valuable and deserve to be successful no matter what has happened in the past.
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Know What Your Finish Line Looks Like
To meet a goal, focus on the finish line. It’s easier to binge on Netflix than it is to work toward your goals. That’s why it’s important to have a visual reminder of the finish line.
This finish line image can be a picture of the island where you’ll go on vacation when you’re debt free. It could be a collage of what your home office will look like when you finally earn enough money to quit your job. Focusing on your finish line keeps you motivated and increases your chances of success.
Becoming goal focused is difficult and requires discipline. But if what you want something, you have to go after it. Only then will you reach your goals and live the life you want.
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Blessings and Peace,
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