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Do you define your goals or do your goals define you?

Updated: May 27, 2020

GOALS are complex entities that tease us and mock us and some­times, when we’re not looking, run and hide from us. We all set goals, some in the form of to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, pictures of bikinis on refrigerators, dates circled on calendars, times to finish a race. Some of our goals are lofty, some not so lofty, but unavoidably linked to our passions, what we care about, what holds ultimate importance in our lives. Nothing great can ever be accomplished without a goal in mind.

Before the journey to fulfill a goal begins, goals must be put in place. Goal-setting starts and ends with priorities. They surround everything we put inside, always there to hold the objectives of our goal together. Without our priorities to surround our objectives, we could have an un­sightly mess of mismatched objectives.

How do we determine our priorities? Our priorities are varied and unique to our lives. My priorities are driven by my passion, what is important to me, what comes from my heart. They are my family and service through action.

***Excerpt from Fireman Rob’s Book “Your Strength Is In Your Passion.” Follow the link to purchase your copy.

In life as in sport, you are the creator of your environment and thus, must have the right perspective to maximize it. The perspective is determined and defined through past experiences, understanding of the challenge, understanding of who you are, and other’s perspectives. These elements are prioritized in many different ways by many different people. This also is a big determining factor in the whether your goals and how you will get there will be a struggle or a fruitful journey.

“I look at the word, “GOALS,” using the word as an acronym to help me recall what is necessary in the pursuit of my goals. The “G” stands for gradual, not being greedy for immediate gratification, but rather patient and constant in my efforts. The “O” stands for objectives, that which gives substance and meaning to the goals. The “A” stands for adaptable, being willing to change and modify, to flexibly accept what life gives me along the way. The “L” stands for learning, what every step should give me, if I am willing to listen, be receptive, and use the knowledge borne of successes or failures. And finally, the “S” stands for the self-confidence that I acquire throughout the journey and that inevitably allows me to complete the journey.”

When setting your goals, it shouldn’t be stressful or completely occupy all your time. You need to align your goals with your dreams, creating the goals through your passion. This makes your perspective and drive more prevalent and from this you can create objectives. The objectives are progressive and short term obtainable elements, that lead you through the journey to your goals.

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