The Power of Setting Goals

Nov 21, 2011
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A little over a year ago I set a goal. I started by saying it to myself with a silent smile. A few weeks later, I started sharing it with my friends. A couple months after that I found myself sharing it with some news reporters and freelance journalists. Before I knew it, I had shared my goal with the cashier at the grocery store, the old lady at the gym, my students, and everyone in between.

I think that one of the most powerful notions about making a goal is CLAIMING that goal. Being proud and sharing that piece of you with the world, is not only one quick road to peer-pressure, but also a way of acknowledging the goal as a more tangible part of you.Goals are something that keep us going. They give us direction and meaning, they float us and soar us above our own imaginations. Goals are a powerful and unique concept of being human. When was the last time your dog had a goal?

One of the beautiful things about goals is that they can change and mold just as your life does. I can safely say that a goal I held three years ago is just a faded memory to the neon-sign, horn-blaring goal that I carry with me today. This is one of the reasons why goals are so special. They are yours and yours only. You don’t have to share with anyone, you don’t have to bribe them, and you don’t have to worry about leaving them in the dust when you are through with them.

There are many types of goals and sorts of things to make goals about. When prompted, many of us would be quick to state goals about finances, careers, and very malleable things. That’s where we run into problems. We focus on “things” to strive for rather than creating goals that can excel our emotions and betterment of being.

Take a moment. Breathe deep and find a warm happiness that lies within you. What does that thing want to do?—and that would be a real goal.

As for me, it is still too early to tell. My goal is a work in progress, and for right now reaching for it has been the best experience that I could have ever imagined.

Author: Ryan McLean