If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? Basil S. Walsh
As we go through life we realize that very often we are drifting and day dreaming simply because we have no focus. We lack focus because we haven’t discovered a worthwhile goal to focus upon and channelize our energies. Frustration in life is often the culmination of an unfocused mind aimlessly wandering seeking happiness in the pleasures of the world but feeling restless deep within. The cure for this is to aim at a worthwhile goal so that the way forward is clear, the pursuit is pleasurable and the milestones clearly outlined and progress easily measureable.
In sport there are clear rules and regulations and most importantly a method f determining success be it scoring goals, shooting baskets or racquet games having score lines or simple races with the first three positions given podium finishes. Life though, is a different game in which you are both the participant and the referee, the challenge and the challenger, the hunted and hunter and on the stage of life you are the protagonist and the character actor. Goals are the only way to understand the game of life and its rules and regulations. You can play various games in life; on the personal front it is marriage, family and home; on the professional front it is work, career and professionalism while on the social front it is social interactions, social obligations and participation in socio economic activities.
It is not just enough to have a goal; but it has to be a worthwhile goal that is ambitious enough, challenging and attainable. If the goal is specified it brings more clarity to how and where your efforts must be directed. Let us say you want to be in the medical profession; you would then be a dispensing chemist, a nurse, a physiotherapist or a doctor. Alternatively if you decide to be a physiotherapist you will discover that you are more clear also about why you want to pursue that career. There are times when you change goals midway. Unlike a regular game, in life this is perfectly valid because circumstances may have changed, your interests are more developed or your passion for the original goal has waned. More than anything else, a clear goal is the best motivator because then your mind and body are synchronized to attain optimum performance and everyday becomes a fresh performance loudly applauded by your conscience and feelings.
Remember: Goals are dreams with deadlines.” Diana Scharf Hunt
- What are your goals for your professional, personal and social commitments for the ensuing month? Do this on a regular basis for optimum performance. Monitor progress and performance for best results.
- Plan out 5 major things you need to achieve in the next 5 years. It could be on the lines of buying a 2 bedroom house; writing a book; being the president of the Rotary club etc. Chalk out the specific plans for each coming year with respect to your 5 year goal.
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