Goal Setting– The Undeveloped Film
A few years ago, my grandfather passed away. I was very close to him and the loss was irreparable for me. My days turned melancholy as I had lost my only childhood companion. Miserable and lonely the days rolled by and then one day my grandmother gave me a bunch of letters my grandfather had written to me. The letters were precious to me as his last parting gift. One of the letters was the closest to my heart as it has helped learn a very important lesson in life – the act of setting a goal and visualizing it.
Goal is the negative film of your future photograph, was one my most favourite lines in that letter. I realized that goals help you become what you want to be. They show you what mettle you’re made of. When you set a goal for yourself, irrespective of whether you accomplish it or not, the act itself places the stepping stone for reaching your destination. You realize the reason for your survival through goals. However, its always important to visualize your goal too. If you want to win that race, see yourself running that marathon and emerging a winner, leaving your opponents behind, your ears savoring the loud applause of the throng. Let the power of your imagination transport you into that dream of yours. It’s absolutely magical.
Why set a goal, at all?
American Speaker and author, Jim Rohn says, “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.” The process of goal setting and striving hard to achieve it brings out valuable qualities that are buried within every individual like determination, sincerity, leadership, discipline, the list is endless. It is also important for the following reasons:
- Goals add value to work as without a reason any activity is futile and a drag on labor
- Goals help keep our priorities and help them move to the intended path
- It helps to channelize energies and our potential
- It helps move from activity and efforts to results
How to set goals?
1. Write, draw, cut-out, photograph your goal - This is a way of sending out a message to your brain of what you want to accomplish. Keep reminding yourself of the goal. This way you won’t lose focus and will gradually program yourself to move in the direction of your hunt.
2. Have a clear and to the point goal – Specifics are important when setting your goal. Timeline, numbers, weights etc. don’t forget the detailing.
3. Goals should be reasonable and practical – Your goal should be believable to you without an iota of doubt whether you will be able to achieve it or not. For that reason, they should be realistic enough not to clash with your inherent values.
4. A goal without a purpose like a boat without an anchor – A purpose is the tip of the arrow of a goal; it has to be so sharp that it tears any on-road barriers to pieces. A strong purpose propels you to move forward even when the waves are against you.
That one letter has been my guiding star for years. It has helped me visualize so many snapshots of my future. It taught me that if you want to achieve something, envision your goals and you will automatically get the fuel to move on. I wish it does the same for you.
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