Today we will be talking about the fifth challenge Jim Rohn gave us.
Refine Your Goals
Start the process. Set some higher goals. Reach for some higher purpose. Go for something beyond what you thought you could do.
I have done several blogs on the importance of setting goals. Goals become our road map that help us in our journey to get where we want to go. Without goals, we could end up in a very different place than we intended to go.
Don’t be afraid to set your goals higher than you think you can go. It is a fact that we will rarely achieve more than the goals we set.
If we set our goals too low, we will find that we will never reach our potential. If our goals are set too low, the gaols will be very easy for us to achieve and we will never have to push ourselves to achieve them. While we may find some level of success, it will never be what we are capable of.
On the other side of the coin, you don’t want to set your goals so high that you don’t have a chance of achieving them. When you do this you will find that you always come up short of reaching your goals and after this happens repeatedly, your human nature will kick in and you will find that you stop working as hard to reach your goals. The net result will be that you will actually hinder your development and may even find that you are worse off than before you set your goals. This is certainly not a position you want to put yourself into.
The ideal goals will be just a little bit more than what you think you can achieve comfortably. That means that you can achieve those goals, but it will take the extra effort of stretching yourself more than you are comfortable doing to reach these goals. When you do this, you will see the greatest growth achieved in yourself.
Setting goals is great, but you must also realize that as time passes and life happens, things change. As things change you need to periodically review your goals and refine them to your current situation so you still achieve ideal growth.
Let’s say for example you set a goal and you want to achieve it one year from now. Your goal is to put away $5,000 into savings for a trip you want to take next year. At the time you set the goal, it can be achieved, but you will have to show great discipline to get that much saved, but it can be done. Now let’s say that 2 months after you set this goal, you lose your job and your income is reduced to almost nothing. The chances of being able to reach your goal, to save $5,000 in a year, just went out the door, along with your job. It is still possible to try to save money for a trip some time in the future, but you will need to adjust your goal to a savings amount that you will be able to achieve in a year. This will no doubt be a much smaller amount.
Refining your goals is vital to make sure you have them right where you need them to be. If you review your goals and they are still right where they should be, then feel free to leave them as they are. I would say at the minimum, you should review and possibly refine your goals every three months. This will ensure you are getting the most out of your goals.
I would like to challenge each of you to write some goals for yourself if you do not already have some. Make them goals which are achievable, but will force you to extend yourself a bit to achieve. Then once these goals are set, review them ever few months and see if they need to be refined. We all have the ability to get to where we want to go. We just need to make sure we have the right map to get us there.