Revisiting Goal-Setting

Goals – what kind of goals do you have? Short-term, long-term, financial, personal, health, etc.? I listened to a Jim Rohn speech this morning and he talked about how the size of your goals and the kind of goals you have affect your behavior. Jim says:

“Your goals affect your handshake. Your goals affect your attitude, personality. Your goals affect the way you talk, the way you walk, the way you dress. All day long we’re being affected by our goals.”

Creating goals and writing them down shows that you’re serious about improving yourself, and the only way to grow in this life is through constant self-improvement. Jim mentioned a great point in that passive hope is an affliction. Broke and homeless people hope, but nothing ever happens to them. Another Jim, Jim Carrey, once said:

“I don’t believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and Faith leaps over it.”

Hope doesn’t get you anywhere but planning does. And that’s where the importance of goal-setting comes in. I definitely always have goals on my list and on my mind 24/7, but it’s important to constantly look at how you’re performing against these benchmarks, discover what you need to change, and figure out how to keep checking them off your list. It’s not enough just to say “I want $XXX” or “I want to live in this kind of house.” Goal-setting is a disciplined practice of your life and definitely needs to be taken seriously. I’m going to look at all of my goals, both large and small, short and long term, and in all aspects of my life to recalibrate them. Let’s do this.

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”

– Jim Rohn