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What Goals Do For (in) You

Everyone seeks identity, meaning and significance. These qualities are revealed when thought is given to one’s purpose; life becomes more fulfilling when followed by strategies for accomplishment. The mystery of goals is twofold. They work for you to align focus and strategies; they work in you to produce energy and passion. Goals are great motivators.

The Niagara River flowed over the falls for hundreds of years. It’s beauty and energy provided water and food. But it was not until that force was harnessed that electricity was provided to multitudes of home and businesses. Busy-ness does produce some results. Goals harness your energy and concentration to create phenomenal outcome. They give passion and focus.

Goals are powerful tools in making decisions. Knowing where you are going and why empowers you to say “Yes” to opportunities and “No” to distractions. Goals act as a compass to guide you toward completion. They help you settle conflicts before they arise. Goals help you to recognize opportunities and see possibilities instead of focusing on problems.

Goals free you from the past by empowering you to break from the tyranny of yesterday. Goals create a sense of purpose for your life and draws needed resources to you. Goals empower you to pay the price because you have a purpose greater than yourself.

Elements of a Goal:
Believable - know you are worthy of them
Written - put to paper so the intangible becomes tangible
Measurable - specific, no guessing or illusive thinking
Strategic - must have nuts and bolts plans for accomplishment
Personal - has to resonate with your core being
Challenging - get you out of bed and re-motivates you when HALTed
Transforming - all goals include a personality change
Inclusive - benefits self and community
Exit plan - predetermine when it is time to move on

The reality of life interacting with the human condition lends itself to halting one’s progress. The Twelve Step recovery programs states that one is prone to HALT recovery when Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. You are especially vulnerable when these elements are prevented as a stack attack.

After the “speed bumps” of life, goals get you back on track. You do not have to go back to square one. Goals get you on track, keep you on track and encourage self-motivation

“Decide before you face the conditions that will cause you to stop and drop out. You don’t want to be out there saying, ‘Well, gee, my leg hurts. I’m a little dehydrated. I’m sleepy. I’m tired. It’s cold and windy.’ and talk yourself into quitting. If you are making a decision based on how you feel at that moment, you will probably make the wrong decision.”
Ultra marathoner Dick Collins

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