JUST NEED TO RETYPE…Goals Give Purpose

Goals give you a purpose for taking life on. People who live without goals have no purpose and it is obvious even in their body language. They are on permanent idle, they slouch, they list from side to side. Their conversations dawdle. They telephone you: “Hey, I’m just calling. I wasn’t doing anything, so I thought I’d call you.” Well, don’t call ME. I’VE got things to do. 

Do you know anyone like that?

Many people just muddle through life. They don’t read informational material, they don’t even pay attention when they WATCH television. If you ask them what they are watching, they mumble mouth, “Nothin’, I’m just lookin’.”

This is my favorite time of the year because people are thinking about their ‘resolutions’ for 2013. I think a BIG problem why people don’t succeed with their ‘resolutions’ is they don’t even know where to begin…
What are your goals for your career? For your relationships? For your spiritual life? Develop a schedule for the next month, the next six months, the next year, five years and ten years. Write it all out. 
Let’s take one of the most common goals: You want to finally get in shape this year. If that is your goal, then take some practical steps toward realizing it.
First, determine specifically what does being “in-shape” mean to you. Is it losing 30lbs? Why? List 3 specific reasons why. The goal itself is not going to be enough for you to act when you are tired, stressed, and busy. The emotional reasons why are going to push you when you are vulnerable to quit. 

Second, decide the amount of energy you are willing to expend to reach your goal. How many days/hours are you willing to workout in a week/day? What unhealthy habits are you going to sacrifice and what healthy habits are you going to replace them with? How are you going to hold yourself accountable when you don’t want to go to the gym?

A third step in this process is to develop a practical plan of action and get started immediately. Chart out where you want to be in relation to your goal in the next month, six months, one year, five years and ten years. Many people will just wait until the new year is here. Get started today!

And finally, make sure that you have all of this written down so that you can review it every morning and every night and envision yourself taking these steps, DOING THEM and SUCCEEDING!