Set Goal. Achieve Goal. Repeat.

Posted: 06-28-2012
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Those words, when combined, usually remind us of some activity or classroom function from elementary school. Not super inspiring anymore.

However, many aspects of life have adopted this method as a great way of accomplishing things. Our companies set quarterly and annual goals, our churches and charities set fundraising goals, and our schools even set academic and achievement-based goals for their students' performance. We see goal-setting all around us, but we often do not take the time to set any goals for ourselves.

I suggest that we do.

Lately, I have found myself with more time on my hands than usual; this is a thing of rarity in life, and I know that I want to make the most of it while I can. The first few days experiencing this, I did not have a whole of motivation to do anything; I had nothing I was working towards. I did not have any sense of who or what I wanted to do.

Julius Erving, an NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, says it simply: "Goals determine what you are going to be."

Erving's thought is a unique one, because we often think of goals as "something that we do", rather than "something that we are."

Taking Erving's simple advice, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish over the next little while. I laid out my goals, trying to form them in an honest way, keeping in mind that these goals would reflect some sense of who I am, adding to my identity.

I realize that my goals do not determine my identity wholly, but rather that they assist in shaping it.

If we can begin to view our goals in life as something that we are, I think we will begin to make more adventurous, more robust goals: goals that reflect who we want to be in life, our very identity.

So, if you find yourself with the opportunity to achieve, accomplish, or produce something of worth and importance in your life, don't shy away; establish a personal goal or two and go for it!

My first goal will improve my quality of goal-setting.

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