Many people suffer in their careers as a result of a lack of goals. They have never developed a solid goal strategy. Their lack of planning and preparation for the inevitable trials and challenges that they face can stop them from achieving greatness.
To properly finish the race you have to begin with the end in mind according to Stephen Covey. Well, that means you have to have some sort of goals manager business agility. Whether that tool is paper or electronic is up to you.
Success goals are important to give you a “map” to success. Let me give you an example:
Suppose you were given the task to travel from Miami to Seattle. Here are your stipulations:
- You must travel alone.
- You must travel in a car.
- You may not use a map.
- You must travel at night.
- You may use no lights.
Those are some tough circumstances. If you have traveled enough, you may know enough of the roads to get there. However, there may be some dings in the car or you may not even get there. On the other hand, what if you were given the same circumstances, but, you can have lights and a map?
Here is the fundamental difference. With a map and lights, even though you can only see about 100 to 200 feet in front of you, you will be able to travel the entire distance safely.
In our personal and business life we largely replicate that same situation. We can see 100 to 200 feet in front of us and we are trudging forward. If we do not have a map (goals), we will be driven by outside influences in our life.
Our success in any of the 7 Areas of Life is going to be largely determined by the goals we set and the team we build around us. There is a simple way to write out your goals at a link below.
Use this system of writing goals to help you begin to achieve the things that you want to achieve in life. I love what Jim Rohn says, “Work full time on your job. Work part time on your fortune!”
Those whom you want to follow you will not follow if they perceive a lack of leadership.