Exactly where am I headed? What do I want to accomplish? Is it even possible for me to achieve this? Am I ready? What if? These are a few questions that haunt us on our journey of success. These are questions we ask when we are faced with the task of making decisions. They are questions that we fluently entertain while setting goals and implementing change.
Denis Waitley, writer and motivational speaker says, “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
I am an avid goal setter. I believe it is important for you to have a clear vision concerning your life. How can you move in the right direction if you have no idea as to where you are headed? One of the things that I hate most about driving is having to travel when there is heavy fog. There’s nothing like a caravan of dense and visible aerosol clouding my line of sight. It makes driving difficult. It slows you down and prolongs your travel time. And all you want to do is get to your destination, right?
Fog creates an inconvenience. If you look at some websites that offer advice on how to drive in fog you will learn:
- Use should use your low beams if your car isn’t equipped with fog lights. Never use your high beams because the light will be reflected back by the low bearing clouds of white.
- You must slow down because speeding is a safety hazard especially when you can’t see where you are going.
- Stay focused! This is not the time to do your hair, put on your makeup, eat a breakfast sandwich, and make a phone call.
- If it’s too bad, your best bet is to simply pull over until it thins out.
- If you want to continue your pursuit, you should probably put on your hazard lights so that others are aware of your presence and keep their distance.
Look at all of the advice. Oh, and this isn’t even all of it. There’s plenty more road rules where these came from.
Fog does to our drive what the lack of goal setting does to our lives. It limits our view and it prevents our progression on the chart to success. If you’re like me you love setting goals and achieving them but can I let you in on a secret, although I love setting goals, I sometimes lack the confidence that I will really achieve them. The biggest wrong and injustice that you can do to yourself is not believe in your own dreams. It’s not enough to establish goals. You must believe that no matter what happens on the highway, you have the ability to get to your destination. You are in the driver’s seat, you have all the tools you need to get to where you are going. Stay focused and continue on your drive.
The one thing that I noticed about one of the directions provided about driving in the fog is that you should probably hit your hazards so that others can see you coming and keep their distance. The last thing that you want to have is a head on collision or a fender bender. This is what happens when there is no goal setting in life. You have the potential of becoming a hazard to others around you, including yourself. In order to have a purpose driven life, you have to have a vision. Write down your goals that support where you’d like to be in life in the next five to ten years and pursue them for dear life!
The one thing I like about life is that it is personal. Your journey is unique and so is mine. People and things can propel us into the direction we should take on our journey but no one can truly make the journey for us. Anyone can come along if companionship is a desire but it is a personal journey that requires our direct action and commitment.
It’s not about the cars in the other lane and how fast or slow they may be going. Neither is it about the make, model, or year. However, what your drive is about is your personal preference on whether or not you’ll take backroads, make pit stops, deviate off your course, or invite a friend along the way. You’re in control of the temperature, your speed, what you listen to, and how soon you get there.
I’ve been blessed to see a lot of my goals and dreams develop and blossom right before my eyes into true manifestation. Have you ever set a goal and felt like you reached the destination overnight because it all happened so fast? It might have seemed like a whirlwind in the night. You knew it was coming but you couldn’t forecast the direction in which it would pursue until it overtook you. This is one of many possibilities and encounters you may experience when you’ve committed to setting goals for yourself.
Setting goals sets a tone for our lives. It allows us to pace ourselves so that we don’t become weary in our well doing. It allows us to track growth and make adjustments as required. It gives us purpose and esteem. The key is to set goals that are realistic and attainable but sometimes you have to set goals that might be a little beyond reach for the moment. Set your goals based on what you would like to harvest in life, and not what you see others pursuing. The last thing we need as goal setters is another fad that creates a seed of continuous discord and road blocks.
When was the last time you really looked at your accomplishments? When did you last take note of the strategies that you implemented to make travel on your route successful? Do you take out the time to goal set? If not, there is true value in it.
The Holy Bible states in Proverbs 29:18 that, “People perish when there is no vision.” I’m starting to realize the very words of Colin R. Davis are so true, “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” The difference is that most persons that believe in setting goals have passion that drives their pursuit on the journey.
The goal that I have moving forward is to continue my passionate driven life by staying in my own lane and by preplanning and setting goals. I will remain focused and uphold the truth that I am equipped for the success that I shall obtain. My most important goal is that I truly believe in myself because I can’t depend on the external confirmation of others to affirm that I am on the right road and moving in the right direction. I will remain steadfast in my truth that goal setting is key to reach my destination and I will continue with my passion driven life. Will you?
What are your goals moving forward?
See you in the next post right? Same time?