Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Power of Goals and Dreams

When I am invited to speak and have the ability to choose the topic to present on, I often choose the topic of goal setting. There is great power in goals and dreams. It is something we have all heard numerous times but is something few people actually do. Numerous studies have found that only about 3% of Americans have written goals they review regularly. I hope you are or soon will be one of the 3% with written goal you regularly review.

Quotes on Goal Setting
“If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a
burning desire to do things—you don’t have enough goals.”
–Lou Holtz, legendary college football coach

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather
the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal.”
–Viktor E. Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the
talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.”
–Walt Disney

Our God-Given Missions
We each have been given special gifts and talents from God, which only we possess. There are specific ways in which each of us is to contribute to society. Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”

Stephen Covey wrote, “We detect rather than invent our missions in life. . . I think each of us has an internal monitor or sense, a conscience that gives us an awareness of our uniqueness and the singular contributions that we can make.” Discovering our God-given missions begins by asking the question the Apostle Paul asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”(Acts 9:6, King James Version)

“Most of us would like to make a positive impact on the lives of others and on our world. If we do not feel that this is in some way happening, we tend to experience a sense of emptiness, low self-worth, futility, and sometimes even depression.”(Herb Miller, Money Is Everything, (Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 1994) p. 19) Everyone is born with a God-given mission they are to perform. We were not sent to earth by God to be born, pay the bills and die. God sent us here for a purpose. However, many people achieve little in life simply because they never decided to achieve something. Mark Victor Hansen wrote, “It grieves me to watch individuals squander their lives because they have neglected the process of writing down their personal goals.”

The process of discovering and creating a mission statement and long-term goals will help you achieve your Divine mission and purpose.

I recently completed my latest book called The Statement of Excellence Workbook which is designed to help you discover, write down, and achieve your inspired goals and mission. This mind-enlarging, life-improving, and entertaining workbook takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a vision statement, mission statement, values statement and long-term goals. It is available at www.DoesYourBagHaveHoles.org as an E-Book (PDF) for the introductory price of only $2.95 ($12 off the retail price of $14.95).

The content for this post was taken from The Statement of Excellence Workbook.

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