Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday: Goals

Goal setting can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Do you have a goal for the day? For the week? For the year? For the next ten years?

This topic reminds me of "Alice In Wonderland", when Alice is asking the Cheshire Cat for directions...
“Which road do I take?" (Alice)
"Where do you want to go?" (Cat)
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.”

I believe that goal setting, even setting small, achievable daily goals, helps us to stay on track, and maybe more importantly, gives us the opportunity to celebrate small successes. On Thursdays I will add quotes about goals.

"Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That's dedication." ~Cecil B. DeMille

“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” ~Brian Tracy

"If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and that is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings." ~Susan Polis Schultz

"You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal." ~Zig Ziglar

"In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are." ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

I was speaking with a client yesterday about the fear of success. Yes, Success, not failure. It’s incredible to me how many people live in fear of actually succeeding. It’s as if they think that once they achieve their goal, there will be nothing left. So, today's quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill

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