“Dreams are goals with deadlines.”
The goal process should never be taken lightly; it is not one of those measures that become commonplace. Cheating on your goal is similar to robbing your heritage and desecrating the foundation of the over achiever who came before us. We are not like everyone who plays our game. We are the creators and visionaries of the goals of others. If we take our goals lightly, we short-arm the future for those we lead. Every moment we fail to support each other and second-guess our achievement, we prevent the survival and success of the system. No matter where we go, goals follow us and bang loudly on our souls. In the end, it was never the goals that drove us; it was always the need, desire and courage to conquer them. To take them lightly is to assume we were never here at all.
“Goals are the internal energy that propels a professional to success.”
Goals create the future of an organization and the well-being of a family. We have no right to question the goals of our children if we constantly fall short of our own goals. We cannot count on someone else to deliver our future and dream our dreams for us. Together, we can strive to reach heights that, before, seemed too high for us. We can set examples for our families and all those who follow in our steps.
I have to break it to you; we may only have six minutes to get a goal accomplished as there may be no long-term opportunity. Short-term is nothing more than putting some kind of a quantifier on the goal, thus it has to be done in a realistically fast period of time. Long-term is a vision of the future built on a foundation of successful short-term goals. Discussing our goals with others is one of the most successful ways of dealing with achievement and staying focused. Tell people what you are trying to accomplish. It puts a subtle pressure on us when we tell someone we now have to deliver; it helps people point us in the right direction. It is critical that we follow through using direct action to take steps to continue forward; we do not want to process items over and over again.
I have found that what stops most people from achieving success is their inability to change and try new endeavors. Planning is the glue to our goal process. It is a thoughtful process that brings our goals to conclusions. We have to keep in mind that, although we have to be successful at what we create, we also want to challenge ourselves to be better than our current selves. It is important that we set short and long-term goals that are challenging to us. Goals must force us to stretch and to achieve in areas where we have not been successful or we have not attempted to penetrate in the past. If we are honest with ourselves, a good way to define our dreams is that “dreams are goals with deadlines”. We have to put in the ability to plan, to look at short-term and long-term goals and have the ability to change.
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