Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! The easiest way to accomplish a task is to time it. For example, if you say something like, “One day, I will build a house,” you may never start the building project in the next ten years. But if you say, “I’m starting the building project on the 14th October,” money making ideas will begin to flood your mind. You will stop wasting money by all means. You will cut down on your monthly expenditures because you have a target. That’s the secret of the rich and powerful.
The easiest way to become a wanderer on earth is to keep saying, “One day, I will become a wealthy man.” That day may never come till you die. But if you say, “My goal is to have $1 million by October 14th, 2030,” wealth creation ideas will begin to flood your mind. You will start living an organized life because you have a target.
Nothing provokes success like goals. The fastest way to become rich and famous is to set a clear target of what you want from life and how to accomplish it. If you don’t know what to do tomorrow, you will never accomplish much when tomorrow show up. But if you planned for tomorrow, you will be busy all through the day because you have a target.
Talking about goal setting, David J. Schwartz said, “Let’s illustrate this with two hypothetical persons. As you read on you’ll recognize these characters among the real people you know. We will call them Tom and Jack. These fellows are comparable in all respects except one: Tom has a firmly entrenched goal; Jack does not.
Tom has crystal-clear image of what he wants to be. He pictures himself as a corporation Vice President ten years from now. Because Tom has surrendered to his goal, his goal through his subconscious mind signals to him saying “do this” or “don’t do that; it won’t help get you where you want to go.”
The goal constantly speaks, “I am the image you want to make real. Here is what you must do to make me real.” Tom’s goal does not pilot him in vague generalities. It gives him specific directions in all his activities.
When Tom buys a suit, the goal speaks and shows Tom the wise choice. The goal helps to show Tom what steps to take to get to the next level, what to say in the business conference, what to do when conflict develops, what to read, what stand to take.
Should Tom drift a little off course, his automatic instrumentation, housed securely in his subconscious mind, alerts him and tells him what to do to get back on course. Tom’s goal has made him super sensitive to all the many forces at work that affect him.
Jack, on the other hand, lacking a goal, also lacks the automatic instrumentation to guide him. He is easily confused. His actions reflect no personal policy. Jack wavers, shifts, guesses at what to do. Lacking consistency of purpose, Jack flounders on the rutty road to mediocrity.
May I suggest you reread the above section, right now. Let this concept soak in. Then look around you. Study the very top echelon of successful persons. Note how they, without exception, are totally devoted to their objective. Observe how the life of a highly successful person is integrated around a purpose.”
On occasion all of us have waked up on Saturday morning with no plans, no agenda either mental or written that spells out what we are going to do. On days like that we accomplish next to nothing. We aimlessly drift through the day, glad when it’s finally over. But when we face the day with a plan, we get things done.
This common experience provides an important lesson: to accomplish something, we must plan to accomplish something. Before the World War 11 scientists saw the potential power locked in the atom. But relatively little was known about how to split the atom and unleash that tremendous power.
When the United States entered the war, forward-looking scientists saw the potential power of an atomic bomb. A crash program was developed to accomplish just one goal: build an atomic bomb. The result is history.
In just a few years the concentrated effort paid off. The bombs were dropped, and the war was ended. But without that crash program to accomplish a goal, splitting the atom would have been delayed perhaps a decade, maybe longer.
Set goals to get things done. Our great production system would be hopelessly bogged down if production executives did not establish and adhere to target dates and production schedules. Sales executives know salesmen sell more when they are given a carefully defined quota to sell.
Lecturers know that students get term papers written on time when a deadline is set. To succeed in this life, you must set goals. You must have deadlines to accomplish something, otherwise you will not achieve anything meaningful in this life. So press forward to success, set goals: deadlines, target dates, self-imposed quotas. You will accomplish only what you plan to accomplish.
A wise man said, “Give a man a bow and arrow and tell him to shoot, and his first repose would be, “At what?” When there is no target there is no purpose for shooting. He could shoot the arrow anywhere and wherever the arrow ended up would be where the arrow ended up. Not much to it.
On the other hand, if you gave the archer a target and challenged him to hit the bullseye- everything changes. You now gave him something to challenge his skills against, something to measure his progress with, and something that gives all of his effort- purpose. All by adding a simple target.”
Orison Swett Marden opined, “All who accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” J. C. Penny said, “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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