Keep your goals in sight
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Italian football manager Paolo Di Canio once pointed out, “It’s just a couple of posts and a crossbar, but for a footballer, it’s paradise”. All the beauty and excitement of the football game sums up in getting the ball pass the goal line. Goals make champions of good teams such as Brazil and award players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar with golden ball trophies. Like sports, every activity or initiative in life, consciously or not, aims at the finish line, a reward or a feeling. Knowing the goal and its value in advance helps in getting organized, staying motivated and focused.
How would you identify success without a goal? Or are you in the business of aiming at nothing lest you get disappointed? The best secret to achieving anything important in life hides in designing a goal before you start implementing your project. Not only a goal equips you with landmarks or progress markers, but also it mobilizes your energy and brainpower in the pursuit of your journey.
The hare lost sight of the goal and spent time relaxing and savoring overconfidence. The turtle kept moving slowing but consistently toward the goal. Guess who won? When you lose sight of the goal, your talents, your comparative advantages and your self-confidence get wasted. Consequently, you may still believe you are winning when in reality the race award ceremony is already done.
Setting goals takes early thinking and preparation. If you let your impulsivity loose and have no goal in sight, you run the risk of engaging in conflicting projects, thus neutralizing your efforts. Therefore, you must know why you do what you do. This simple notion spells control over your life and maximizes your chances of success. Keep your goals in sight.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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