Monday Motivation – 20 May 2013

May 20, 2013

Motivation, Tips & Tools

Weekly Motivation Messagesmart goals

Do you have trouble setting and/or reaching your goals? Are your goals “SMART” goals?

Think about the goals in every aspect of your life (Health/Fitness, Family, Career, Spiritual, etc) and make sure they are:

  • Specific: What do you want to accomplish?
  • Measurable: Define criteria for measuring success.
  • Attainable: Is it realistic in the time frame you’ve determined?
  • Relevant: Make it matter – it has to be important to you.
  • Time-bound: Decide when – this week, in 6 months, in one year?

    Goal Reaching

    “It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself, but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”
    Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975), English historianIf you’re at all like me, you’ve been amazed at the vast fields of grain that grows in the heartlands of America. For one thing, I’m always amazed how straight the furrows are.Nowadays, big farmers have GPS-guided plowing rigs, but many smaller farmers still use the technique of setting up a target (I’ve seen bleach bottles, tires, flags, boots, and other items) tire on a fencepost, and rather than concentrating steering at a near target, like I do when I’m mowing the lawn, they concentrate on the target faraway.By concentrating on the distant target, the plowing is straighter, more orderly, and the wheat or potatoes or whatever grows up in straighter rows, giving them more yield per acre.In reaching our goals in life, sometimes, it’s best to keep concentrating on the loftier goals, and in the process, we reach the goals on the way. Herb Cohen, once billed as “the world’s greatest negotiator,” wrote that we should “reach for the stars,” which he noted was the name of Werner Von Braun’s book about rocketry and building the V2 for German during World War II. Cohen noted that although Von Braun never reached the stars, he did hit London quite a bit during the war.

    By working for greater goals, higher opportunities, better growth, sometimes we find that it’s easier for us to make the smaller goals along the way.

    Some of us will find it more useful to look at interim goals to keep on the straight and narrow. Others will find that keeping a master goal in mind will help us to achieve our heart’s desire.

    One way or the other, keeping a goal clearly in mind is the only way to achieve that goal.

    Copyright, 2012, by Daryl R. Gibson.

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