Setting Goals

Posted: 28th December 2007 by Barb in Goals

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”
—Earl Nightingale

Setting goals is an important part of growth in all areas of our lives. Most of us have things that we want or want to achieve that may seem too far out of our reach to get. But that should not stop us. Some of what we want is well within our means of achieving; we just fail to reach for it.

Setting a goal is the place to start. And it’s especially important to write down our goals. There is some kind of magic that occurs when writing down what we want on a piece of paper. We need to believe that we can achieve our goals as well.

Once I was setting some yearly goals with an instructor of mine. I had one goal that was especially scary; something I wanted to do, but had so much fear about it that I said, “That’s what I want to do, but just because I want to do it doesn’t mean I will.”

The instructor told me I might as well wad the paper up and throw it away if that’s how I felt. He was right. I set the goal but was already talking myself out of achieving it. We have to try to reach our goals and it is okay to set them higher than we think we can reach. If we fall short we probably will still get farther along with something than we would have had we not set the goal.

Some people set goals as New Year’s resolutions; others take the time whenever they decide there is something they want. It doesn’t make a difference when we set the goal, what matters is that we do it and that we believe we can achieve it.

Setting a goal that we know is unachievable is not a good idea, because it sets us up for failure. Deciding to lose 100 pounds in two months and making that a goal is not going to bring it to fruition. Setting a goal of losing about 5-10 pounds a month and 60-100 pounds in a year is more reasonable and much more likely to be achieved.

Write your goals down and believe you can achieve them and great things will happen.