Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to set goals

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
-Anthony Robbins
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Walt Disney went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
  • Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything.
  • Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.
  • Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergrad studies and ranked 15th out of 22 in Chemistry.
  • Beethoven was deaf and blind when he wrote his greatest symphonies.
All the people above are the same as you and I — no genetic enhancement, no magic and incantations used to enhance abilities, no special powers. What made the difference was their persistence on achieving their goals no matter how crazy they seemed or how everyone puts them down. They did so out of sheer love for what they do and unrelenting spirit to act on what they believe in the face of obstacles.

The thing with having a goal and having the necessary faith to focus and act on that goal is that it motivates you to strive harder. Goals give you burning hot dedication and passion to work towards what you want against all odds.

But what is most wonderful with focusing on your goals is that it gives you strength and hope amidst the darkest of days and the hardest of battles. When everything is not just going your way, holding on to your goals and believing in yourself gives you the power to take another shot. To a goal-oriented person, there is no such thing as failure—just temporary setbacks. For a person, so immersed and passionate in reaching for his goal, will see hope amidst setbacks, wisdom amidst confusion, and lessons amidst disappointments.

How are goals set? It’s looking back on the things you treasure the most and going ahead to expand those treasures in an attempt to grow as a person by holding on to those treasures.

Fight for your goals. Go ahead and unravel what the future holds.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
-Henry Ford-

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