“Scoring A Goal” Part I

“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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Author: Creating Six Degrees

Anthony C. Gruppo, CEO Northeast Region, is responsible for leading all employees, divisions, and operations for Marsh & McLennan Agency – Northeast. Here he is focused on leadership, strategic position, and organizational development. Prior to coming to the Northeast, Anthony led companies in the Southwest, Southeast, and West Coast. Anthony is the author of three books centered on personal and organizational development.

9 thoughts on ““Scoring A Goal” Part I”

  1. I totally agree with you. No one knows you better then yourself, so why cheat yourself out of the opportunity to become a better person. Challenging yourself is such an important part of living life to the fullest. Facing each day, working towards your goals (personal and professional) is using the gift of having the day available and not taking it for granted or even wasting it. Just as one plans a vacation, we all should plan the direction we would like to take and work towards staying focus on our “dream” which can only lead to an enjoyable and successful future for not only yourself but the people in your life. If plans and goals are not made, its like one just wonders through life on the same road, isolating themselves as they continue in a circle. I really like the statement “dreams are goals with deadlines”.

  2. “Every Moment we fail to support each other
    and second-guess our achievement,
    we prevent the survival and success of the system”

    I believe this is vital wisdom. I don’t think many understand what support really means, or at least the support that achieves something more than surface level. Real forms of support come as proper tools that empower, listening with intent to understand, and helping hands – then it must all be paired with trust. If we can’t trust that individuals are doing their best after we’ve supported them in this way – we doom ourselves.

    “Long-term is a vision of the future built on
    a foundation of successful short-term goals”

    In other words, short term wins are not only essential to an organism achieving the goal of survival, but to thriving and growing beyond it. By planning and taking those steps we create a dialogue of subtle pressure which points us in the right direction. We take the direct action you speak of when we open ourselves to this discussion of goal setting – and if set with a proper frame, propel ourselves a notch at a time towards success.

  3. My combined long and short term goals are moving in my desired direction. Sometimes the steps are easy, other times the struggle is difficult. I no longer have the benefit of daily interaction with you, but just know that your impact on my professional career has carried over and I often think back on your talks as I am planning my next steps to accomplishing my goals.

  4. Hello Anthony,

    Thank you for your encouraging words of wisdom. In our world that seemingly is deteriorating in the areas of self-drive and accountability it is growing easier to become complacecent and/or to settle for a life of mediocrity. This not only leaves us with life experiences that fall beneath our potential, but equally important, rob us of our ability to help enrich the lives of others.

    God bless–I pray that you have a Blessed Christmas!


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