How Important Is Goal Setting?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like getting in my car without a predestined destination. I like to know the route I need to take, and have some idea of how long it will take me to get there. With the gas prices reaching some of its highest levels in history here in the United States, I hear people talk more and more about their driving practices. Some of the things I have heard; “If I don’t have to drive, I’m not driving.” “I’m looking for ways to save on gas” and so on. Many people are putting more thought into their driving practices then ever before.
But it is amazing to me how so few people put that type of thought and planning into their lives. We live life like we have unlimited gas, so we just waste time, energy and resources. Just as the gas prices are making people readjust their daily practices, I want you to put more thought into your life goals.
Goals give us direction in our day to day lives and help us end up at a desired place and not just any ole place. Goals create disciplined practices that become daily habits that help us reach our full potential.
Athletes create goals for themselves all the time. One such athlete is Andrea Bolder, the former Gold Medal Olympic Sprinter. Since Andrea was a young girl, her parents taught her how to set goals, create a plan to carry them out, and told her not to give up until she reached her goals.
Goal setting helped Andrea train and develop a lifestyle that would lead to her being one of the team members of the 4x400 relay team that won gold in the Sydney Olympics. After her stellar track and field career, Andrea found herself in a rut. Not living a life she enjoyed, she went back to what made her a success, setting goals.