Author Bob Beck Talks About The Importance of Goal Setting

10/16/2009 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

It’s coming to the end of the year and a new year is approaching.  It’s time to start reviewing the goals you set for this year and think about your goals for next year. As you read this are you saying, “Hmm, I don’t have any goals?”  It’s never to late to start.

Often times we do not set goals because we have never been taught to set goals.  The earlier a person learns to set goals the more natural it will be for them as they get older. By doing this they will also begin to see how the process works and will learn to be over-achievers. Educating your children on how to set their personal goals and establishing family goals should be considered quality time well spent.

When my son was fifteen I sat down with him to teach him how to set goals.  Of course he frowned and didn’t see the logic, but when I showed him what I have done over the years, writing out and planning my goals it all became clear to him. No matter what your age, setting goals allows you to achieve certain things in your life.
Using the game of football, I got my son to interested in setting goals.  Like all goal-planning, the detail is critical.  Here are some of the goals we initially set:

  • How much he wanted to weigh
  • How much he wanted to bench press
  • What he wanted his forty-yard dash time to be

Then as he started to see he was achieving the results he wanted, he continued his goal setting and added more:

  • Total yards
  • Number of touchdowns
  • Pass receptions

Then we decided since his football goals were being achieved, let’s apply the same system for educational goals.

Football was an excellent vehicle in our household to teach my son the value of goal planning. Everyone needs to set goals with a burning desire toward achieving them. I hope my son and everyone else reading this, sets and write their goals down EVERY year. If you want this process to work for you it is important to be consistent. Goals put you on the highway to being successful!

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.” – Earl Nightingale

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