“A goal is more than a dream; it’s a dream being acted upon”
–David J. Schwartz, Ph.D
Truly knowing where you want to be is a thought process too many individuals leave to…?
- Whatever someone else is doing
- Whatever they read somewhere
- Whatever the next step is without thought of where they want to end up
That’s just it; they leave it to whatever!
Most of us agree and believe in short and long-term goals, but very few act on them. Partly because it is easier to say than it is define what it really mean. How long is LONG and how short is SHORT? It does take a looking thinking; a little time to UNDERSTAND where you want to end up, and then define the steps it takes to get there. It really is easier to just shrug your shoulders and take a Lemming approach, jump in line and follow someone else.
Yogi Berra may have defined it the best, when he said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” You may shake your head initially, but you’ll get it the more times you say it. Basically put little or no thought into what you need to accomplish short term, regardless of your dream, and it is highly unlikely you will ever reach your true potential. As Yogi says, you are likely to end up in some other place, ending up in the land of the “would-a, could-a, should-a.”
Find out what you are good at and identify what you need to improve on, then improve everyday. It really is that simple.
If you don’t know how, but know what you would like to do, then reach out to someone who stands out today and ask them. Establish a relationship where you can ask for help when you run into a brick wall, but with one stipulation; describe your brick wall with at least One Suggestion of how you might approach getting around it. You may just surprise yourself.
Be different, have GOALS and if you want to survive in sports or business, be the Lemming with the parachute.
Until next Blog, find a Mentor and learn how to pack your own parachute!