Goal Setting: If You Know Where You Are Going, You Have a Good Chance of Getting There

If you know where you are going, you have a good chance of getting there.

This wisdom hits home. It makes you realize how casually we live our lives. We play life by ear.

Too often we fail to take control of our ship.  We simply drift until the wind takes us in a specific direction.

We need to know what is most important to ourselves and our family. Once you know what you want to accomplish, you can set goals and develop a plan to achieve these things. Goals work. Good things do not just happen. Life’s biggest achievements require goals to get there.

Less than 5% of the American people know how to set goals. Goal setting is a learned skill. Over time you can get better and better.

Goals are not only for your business and financial objectives. At least 50 percent of your goals should be for your personal life. Goals work very well for things like hobbies, travel plans, and exercise regimens. Goals are fun. They put zest into your life.

In Success for Your Children: Practical Wisdom for Raising Great Kids in Challenging Times, the author shows how parents need to step up and take charge immediately. The process starts the day the first baby comes home from the hospital. This is the hundred-yard dash of parenting. The first three years are crunch time. After seven years, it may be too late.

Fun Goals Are a Great Place to Start

The best way to teach your children about goal setting is to teach them how to set goals in fun things. Goals for summer vacations are an especially good idea. Examples:

How many days will we go fishing?

How many books will we read?

How many times will we go to the movies?

How many tennis lessons will we take?

Excerpted from Success for Your Children, page 31.