A Goal Is Concrete And Has An End Result.
It is tangible; a representation of who we are and where we are headed. O.G. Mandino says, “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.” Without goals to help us stay motivated, we cannot achieve the results we want.
It is hard for me to overemphasize the importance of goal-setting. In fact, as an Ambitious Woman, I would venture to say that without goals, you simply cannot succeed. After all, if success is defined by achieving what we set out to do, how do you know if you have even achieved your goals unless you have them?
A bad habit that many men and women get into is setting very vague goals. For example, I have heard many people say, “I want to lose some weight.” Might I remind you that losing five pounds and losing 100 pounds can both be described as “losing weight” even though they are very different things? I am always amazed by how few people are really specific about their goals. It is one thing if the person is simply keeping that information private, but I have a suspicion that the reason that many people use such vague language is because they are very vague about their end goals.
Contrast this with a person who says, “I want to lose 25 pounds, and I am going to do that by losing five pounds per month for the next five months. I can cut out 500 calories per day and increase my exercise by 30 minutes per day to achieve this goal.” Who do you think is more likely to lose weight—this person or the one who wants to “lose some weight?”
The point of this is that setting goals to achieve the things you want is not just “good practice”—it is absolutely essential for you to stay motivated and reach your final goal. Whatever your goal is, write it down, tack it up where you are sure to see it, and remind yourself of it daily. You will be surprised what you can achieve when you make your goals realistic, tangible and specific!