What are Your Goals?
January 16, 2008 § 1 Comment
“Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That’s dedication.” – Cecil B. DeMille
What is a goal and what is it not?
A goal is a specific target that you aim at. It is not vague, broad or general. The goal of the hunter is to shoot the prey where it is fatal. The goal of the football player is to kick the ball in the goal. The goal of the basketball player is to shoot the ball in the basket. The goal of the boxer is to prevail over his opponent, hitting him where it hurts the most. If these athletes aim broad, they will never hit their targets. They will never succeed.
A goal is not a philosophy in life. It is not a mission statement that gives meaning and purpose to ones existence. It is not as big as a vision where you picture an end result that can be life-long to achieve. It is tangible. You know when you have achieved it. It can be measured. The score in a game will say who won. The judges scorecard determines the winning boxer if there is no TKO. A goal has a deadline. The hunter cannot wait forever otherwise the prey will run off. The games of football, basketball and boxing also have time limits.
Success is setting a series of goals and hitting them one at a time until you reach your dreams. Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevski expressed, “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”
What is your dream? What are your series of goals to achieve that dream?
Ed Pilapil Jr. ©