Why Are Goals Important For Success?

14 Apr

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Why are goals important for success? You need to have a road map of your journey before you start. Your goals provide you with a destination, and you will be able to move forward with clarity. If you don’t know where you are going, you can’t get there.

Here is a story about an older man who persisted until he reached his goal. He was a senior citizen from Kentucky, broke, living in a tiny house. He had an old junker for a car, and lived on $99 social security checks. He was 65. He made a decision that things had to change.

He thought about what he could do. As his friends had all raved about his chicken recipe, he decided this recipe might be just what he needed.

He got in his junky car and left Kentucky, traveling to many places, and trying to sell his recipe. He offered to let restaurant owners try his recipe for free, and just give him a small percentage if the chicken sold.

The poor man heard “no” over a thousand times. However, he didn’t give up. He believed his recipe was a special one. Finally, the 1009th person he asked said yes.

With that success, Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the way we in the United States eat our chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, known to all as KFC, was born.

Colonel Sanders had a goal, and by keeping his eye on the goal, he moved forward in spite of obstacles. By going around the obstacles our destination again becomes clear.Signpost on road

Write down your goals. If your goal is not written down it is a wish, so write it in specific and personal terms. Remember that a worthy long-term goal is located somewhere between inspiration and fear.

Write your goal on a 3 x 5 card and keep it with you. Read it from time to time. You might want to plan a time limit for achieving your goal, as a time limit will give you a sense of urgency. By writing down what you want, you align with your purpose in life.

Set long-term goals lasting for months and years. Then outline a week’s activities, and divide your week into day-sized pieces.

When you first start, try setting a goal for each hour, to see if that keeps you on track. I use a Day-Timer for the hour-to-hour schedule, as I have learned to check it regularly. Do whatever it takes to prime your pump.

Write out a short commitment to your goal and paste it to your bathroom mirror. Then read the commitment out loud each morning.

Now add affirmations to your goals, once you have them set. Read these affirmations morning and night. They will help reprogram your mind to the belief that you can reach your goal.

For a reality check, consider this: Right now you are living what you have been thinking. Are you on the right road?

If you are not satisfied with your thoughts, that is something you can control. You can change what your thoughts will be. You can also choose your actions.

With choice, you have freedom. With no choice, you lose that precious commodity. Think how lucky we are to be able to create our future through ideas, goals, and concepts that can improve our future and our way of life.

William James said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by changing the way they think.”  Let your thoughts take you in the direction you want to go.

Remember to keep visualizing that goal; thinking about it and living with it. The higher your level of passion and commitment to your goal, the more you desire it, and the clearer picture you have of it, the faster you can reach it.Man jumping for joy

If your attitude is not as positive as it should be, think about some part of the goal that really excites you. Think about what action steps you need to take to move forward immediately.

When you set your goals, bear in mind that they are subject to the Law of Gestation. This law tells us that all seeds have a gestation and an incubation period. Your goal is the seed you wish to grow.

When we plant ideas in Universal Mind, we are affecting the whole universe. Don’t stop the flow by saying, “I can’t.” It is time to accept the possibility of the impossible.

Learn from people who have strong attitudes and who keep their promises. These are the types of people who have goals. You can strengthen your own resolve by modeling their strong attitude.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to do or be.”

Don’t focus on what you don’t want, but think about what you do want. Expect that you will get it. If you focus on what you don’t want, you will draw it to you. You are straying down the path of negativity, and that focus will take you farther away from your goal. Always be positive.

There are countless success stories about people who set a goal and persisted until it was reached. They fix in their minds a place they have to go.

Thomas Edison holding light bulb
Thomas Edison holding light bulb

Thomas Edison, American inventor, is credited with more than 1,000 U.S. patents in his name. However, when he was a young child, he was sent home to his mother. The teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” His mother then home schooled him.

Edison’s greatest accomplishment was the invention of the light bulb. He tried and tried and would not give up on finding a solution. He said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

On Walt Disney’s first job, he was fired because his employers believed he had no imagination. He was turned down by 300 banks for his theme park idea. He was bankrupt at one stage, but kept his determination to succeed. Today, his creations are worth millions.

J.K. Rowling, now one of the richest women in the world, once depended on welfare. Her first Harry Potter book was rejected by a dozen publishers.

It was published by Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, who only did it because the eight-year-old daughter of the CEO started reading the manuscript. She loved it so much she begged her father to publish it.

Orville and Wilbur Wright, who successfully developed an airplane that could fly, were mocked and laughed at when they first attempted a flight.

Orville, Wilber Wright in their airplane
The Wright brothers ride again!

After many failed attempts and plane prototypes, and many failed years of experiments, they were finally successful. They said, “If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, then there would be little hope for advancement.”

Winston Churchill struggled with schooling. He failed sixth grade. When he began running for office, he was defeated in every election until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62.

He said, “I am an optimist. It doesn’t seem too much use being anything else.”

These stories came from an article in https://lifestylerefocus.wordpress.com.

If you have a dream that you think about first thing in the morning, much of the day, and last thing at night. you have the type of dream that can change the world.

How can you remain actionable for your goal? If you want to develop a positive attitude towards it, choose an accountability coach.

Sign: Worrying is negative goal setting
Keep a positive attitude

Pick someone you really trust. Your choice needs to be someone who is honest with you, but who avoids negativity. Meet with them once or twice a month to talk about your progress.

You can form a mastermind group also, including your coach and a few other like-minded people who are also working toward meeting goals. Such a group can be very helpful, as you can bounce ideas off each other.

To stay on track, each evening before bed, or each morning when you get up, write down six things you want to accomplish that day. Look at your list regularly and cross of the things you have completed. If you utilize this process regularly, you will find that it helps keep you focused during the day. Keep moving forward — if you sit still, the ones who are behind you will run over you.

Remember what Napoleon Hill said: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve.” Goals are the very basis of success. We are like ships at sea. It is estimated that 95% of us can be compared to a ship without a rudder. These people are subject to every shift of SMARTwind and tide.

However, if we have a steadfast goal, and have decided on a destination, we can sail straight and far and accomplish our dreams through our consistent efforts.

 

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14 Replies to “Why Are Goals Important For Success?

  1. I enjoyed this read because it was very engaging. Goals are as important to growth as breathing is as important to living. One cannot do without goals if truly one aims to achieve success. I got really inspired by colonel sanders story and also that of Edison. They are icons for motivation that no matter what, success is attainable with goals. Thanks so much for this post

    • I agree — it is inspiring to read about people who didn’t give up, and who proved that they could succeed in spite of the odds.  Good for all of us to know.  If we have no goals, we have no direction, and will end up going in circles.  We need our goals to give us a roadmap.

  2. Hi Fran

    I like this post, it’s full of knowledge. I like setting goals in everything I do and planning what to do in order to achieve them. So, I can relate to Norman Vincent Peale said, I can’t walk without knowing where a road will lead me.

    Our success is define by our goals. If all you want is scoring a goal during a game, you can’t say you succeeded with a missed trial. Our goals will keep us motivated until we achieve them.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • I am glad that you are aware of the importance of goals.  It is good that you plan the route that will take you to your goal.  That’s a very helpful way to go about your journey.

      Yes, goals can help give us the motivation we need to finish our journey.

  3. Fran,

    When it comes to goals, I have found that putting a time limit on myself creates stress and increased my fear of failure.

    Goals are vital to success but so is patience.

    I no longer have that fear, because I have accepted that what I desire most will come to me if I work for it and wait for it. Sometimes we have to be still and wait for things to fall into place. We have to wait for the doors to open so we can step through and continue our journey.
    Our goals have to be malleable and adjustable so we can account for unforeseen circumstances that tend to crop up along the way. We can overcome obstacles, not just by belief but by action and determination. Deviation from our course is acceptable, as long as we get back on track.

    Everything you point out here is meat for the table of success. We need our minds to be changed so we can change our lives. We have to stop being what we’re told to be and be what we want to be. This takes courage and faith and pure cussedness.
    I don’t know what kind of world we would be in without lightbulbs and KFC.

    Thank you so much for this inspiring post.
    Take care,

    Gwendolyn J

    • Thank you for your thoughtful answer.  Yes, you are right.  You cannot put an exact time on when they will be completed because you don’t know the gestation period for the idea you have planted.  A sense of urgency is good because it will keep you focused, but the time for finishing that goal should not be set in stone.  

      Hey, I have enough of the cussedness to go around!  I should be fine.

  4. Fran,

    When it comes to goals, I have found that putting a time limit on myself creates stress and increased my fear of failure.

    Goals are vital to success but so is patience.

    I no longer have that fear, because I have accepted that what I desire most will come to me if I work for it and wait for it. Sometimes we have to be still and wait for things to fall into place. We have to wait for the doors to open so we can step through and continue our journey.
    Our goals have to be malleable and adjustable so we can account for unforeseen circumstances that tend to crop up along the way. We can overcome obstacles, not just by belief but by action and determination. Deviation from our course is acceptable, as long as we get back on track.

    Everything you point out here is meat for the table of success. We need our minds to be changed so we can change our lives. We have to stop being what we’re told to be and be what we want to be. This takes courage and faith and pure cussedness.
    I don’t know what kind of world we would be in without lightbulbs and KFC.

    Thank you so much for this inspiring post.
    Take care,

    Gwendolyn J

    • You have made a very good point about putting an unmovable time limit on your goals. I agree — we do not know that gestation period, so we have to do the work and then let go and let God. Or, if you prefer, turn it over to the Universe. Eventually we get there. We can have a sense of urgency that will keep us moving forward, but we should not set our time parameters in stone.

  5. What an excellent and highly inspiring article you’ve written here. Thank you!  You’re absolutely right in having goals.  Another thing that all your success stories have in common is that they didn’t give up after hundreds of failures.  Most success stories are FILLED with a bunch of failures.  No one succeeds right away. You have to have a goal and the drive to see it through.  Thanks for the inspirational stories, I really needed that today!

    • Sometimes a bit of inspiration from someone else can transport us to a new, fresh place in our mind where we can see more clearly where our journey is headed.  Remember that failures are road signs on the way to success. They teach you what does not work, and moves you that much closer to what does work.

      Sticktoitiveness…is that a word?  That is what we need to succeed, even if we have to invent a new word.

  6. Awesome, awesome, awesome.  I love this post.   I am so glad that I came across it.  

    I must admit, I never knew the story behind Kentucky Fried Chicken.   

    Sometimes it does get a little depressing when things are not working out as fast as we want.  Or, more specifically, as fast as I envisioned.  

    Yet, this post has reminded me the importance of knowing what my goals are.  Seeing them clearly.   Refusing to give up when I feel rejected.   

    Thank you for sharing story, after story, after story of people that achieved amazing success despite numerous rejections.    

    • Reading those stories gives me hope and makes me feel less alone.  Does it do the same for you?

      It is, indeed, important to know what your goals are before starting your journey.  You’ll get lost for sure if you don’t know where you are going.  It is also nice to know there are others there on the journey with you, Yes, what we envision doesn’t always come to us right away, but having the vision is good, as it gives you direction.   You might be surprised how far you can go just by refusing to give up.

  7. What a great story about Colonel chicken, there is one in the corner of my house and I had no idea about how it all started. The chicken is truly finger licking good. I read about Thomas Edison on Think and grow rich, the man does not quit until he gets the result he wanted, I admire that. 

    I am no Edison or J.K Rowling yet but I write down what my short term goals and my long term goal every night. I also write down 3 things that I have to do tomorrow in order to reach my short term goals. 

    There is something about writing things down made you memorize it. I always proud of myself if I can check off all the things that I completed.

    Personally, I think life without a goal is no life and you will not reach to true happiness.

    • Hi, and thanks for your comment.  I think you have discovered a very important secret.  Writing things down helps solidify them in your mind.  That’s why we take notes in lecture classes…it helps the prominent data to stick in our brains.  

      It’s great that you write down your three things for the next day.  I do the same, but when I can, I come up with six things.  Usually I get them all done.  It does feel good when you can mark them off the list.

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