“When you set goals, you go from being a ship without a rudder, drifting with the tide, to being a ship with a rudder, a compass, and a clear destination, sailing in a straight direction toward your goal.”
Looking back at years I’ve spent without setting goals and a few days I’ve spent moving in line with the goals I set have shown me that not having goals is truly moving in the path of least resistance and expediency factor. It is doing what is fun and easier rather than doing what is necessary and hard.
It’s easy to sleep, it’s easy to eat, it’s easy to seat in front of the TV from sunrise till bedtime and it’s easy to grab your phones early in the morning and be with it till evening than embracing responsibilities to do what is right. It is difficult to get up to pray and study your Bible, it is difficult to take up your school notes and sit with it for 5 hours straight, it is difficult to start that business you’ve always visualized because you have refused to take responsibilities for your life.
I’ve learnt that there are three things I must never joke with in life. They are setting goals, taking responsibility and being self-disciplined.
“Self-discipline is the ability to do what I should do when I should do it, whether I feel like it or not.”
The ability to practice self-discipline is the real reason why some people are more successful and happy than others. The biggest thing that holds you back from moving in the direction of your dreams is usually your favourite excuses and a lack of self-discipline.
Your ability and willingness to discipline yourself to accept personal responsibility for your life are essential to happiness, health, success, achievement, and personal leadership. Accepting responsibility is one of the hardest of all disciplines, but without it, success is inconceivable.
I had an interactive session with some people a few days ago and I asked the following questions:
- How many of you have set goals for the year 2021?
- If yes, are they mental goals or they’re written down?
- If they were written down, are they SMART goals?
- If no, why have you not set them?
I got many responses that revolve around;
- I’ve not set goals,
- I’m waiting on God for my goals,
- I already set goals but they are not written down
- I’ve started writing but I’m not done with it, etc.
Many of us must come to realise that God will never set your goals for you because it is your responsibility to do so. When God called Abraham out, He told Him to look at the stars in the sky. This means that it was Abraham’s responsibility to see the stars by himself. God would never see that future for you because He has given you the eyes to see it by yourself.
Do not get me wrong, you can wait on God to get instructions on how to carry out those goals but that’s after you must have even set it. Why? A teacher would never explain what you don’t understand to you if he does not see that you don’t understand it. If you’ve not even attempted to write down these goals, how would you be corrected?
Many of us will wait for God from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021, if we don’t move. Many people are just religious about these things, it shouldn’t be. Put God first yes, but God will not see what you’re meant to see for yourself.
When it gets to that point where you see that you’re still waiting for God and nothing is happening, then you start making excuses. You begin to blame yourself, situations, circumstances and other people. The failure to accept responsibility for things in your life will undermine your character, weaken your resolve, and diminish your humanity. You will end up making endless excuses.
The more you accept responsibility, the greater sense of control you experience. Any form of self-discipline begins with taking responsibility for your emotions. Accepting personal responsibility for everything you do will make you a more effective, happy, and positive person in life.Why Set Goals?“You need to have goals to accomplish worthwhile things in life. If you have a clear goal and a plan to achieve it, you, therefore, have a track to run on every single day.” -Brian Tracy
That’s the truth. Setting goals gives you direction. You won’t be tossed to and fro by the wind of this world.
You know, many people think they have goals but they only have hopes and wishes and until they come to realise that, they’ll remain in that position, never moving forward. The truth is no one ever remains in a position, it is either you’re moving backwards or you’re moving forward because it gets to a point where your lack of movement sets you back. You begin to see others move forward and what next? You play the blame game.
Leave the someday Island. Someday, I’ll do this, someday, I’ll do that. Will your “someday” ever come at all? You need to be wise. Wisdom is knowing what to do and doing them, at the right time.“The disciplined act of writing out goals, making plans for achieving them, and then acting on those goals daily intensifies the chances of achieving your goals by ten times, or 1,000 per cent.” -Brian Tracy.
So, why not write your goals down now?
A bigger shock will hit you now. In life, you either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve the goals of someone else. Which one do you prefer? If you prefer the former then keep reading.
“The ability to become a lifelong goal setter is one of the most important disciplines you will ever develop. You don’t need to know how to get there. You just need to be clear about what you want to accomplish, and the goal-striving mechanism in your brain will guide you unerringly to your destination.”
He further gave this seven-step method to achieving your goals;
Areas to Set Goals
- Decide exactly what you want.
- Set a deadline for your goal.
- Make a list of everything you can think of that you could do to achieve your goal.
- Organize your list by both sequence and priority.
- Take action on your plan immediately.
- Do something every day that moves you in the direction of your major goal.
The best thing to do is to get a new notebook for your goals, because writing connects your mind to your body, it is psychosomatic. As you write, you think of greater ideas and they register in your subconscious. You begin to move in line with the goals you set. You tend to remember what you’ve written down on a daily basis and this helps to achieve them quickly.
You must set;
- Spiritual/ministry goals
- Financial goals
- Academic goals
- Personal development goals
- Business goals
- Skill acquisition goals
- Health and fitness goals
- Relationship/Friendship goals
In conclusion, your thoughts create the conditions of your life. When you change your thinking, you change your life. Your outer world becomes a mirror-image reflection of your inner world. You become what you think about most of the time. Whatever you can think about continuingly, you can have. When you think about your goal continually and work on it every day, more and more of your mental resources will be concentrated on moving you toward that goal—and moving your goal toward you.
SET YOUR GOALS TODAY!!!