As a sailing ship has a clear aim, in the same way a human being needs defined goals, toward which he’ll travel on his life path.
We can untie the ship by chance from the pier hoping it’ll bring us somewhere. We can be optimistic and hope for the currents to take us to a harbour on the other side. Sooner or later we’ll surely end up somewhere but we don’t know where. Perhaps we’ll be sailing to the end of our days on the sea and find ourselves on an isolated island.
Common to successful people is the setting of clear goals and daily tasks. Abraham Lincoln is famous for the key role he played in the abolition of slavery in the USA. He succeeded in this with the help of his supporters and by enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation. This isn’t a thing which could have happened coincidentally and, by no means, overnight. This is a mark on a map, toward which someone wants to sail!
Set your goals! What’s your main goal in life? What do you want to achieve? Whom do you want to help? Who do you want to spend the majority of your life with? What car do you want to drive? What places do you want to visit? What’s your vision? Where do you see yourself in a couple or several years’ time? Set all of your goals and write them down in your diary. Even the biggest ones, which motivate you and which are currently unachievable.
Set yourself the goal of becoming a better person. Objective: increase your income and by how much. Help children in Africa and spread knowledge. Take your children to the zoo. Set yourself the goal of financial independence. Objective: establish a company or become employed in your dream job. Buy a washing machine or paint the walls in your living room. Become better at flirting or try a yoga course. Climb the highest mountain, drink champagne in Hawaii or try Chinese food. Think big, use your imagination and be optimistic!
Every day ends successfully or unsuccessfully. During the day we walk step by step towards our goal. But maybe we move away from it. So, take a couple of minutes in the morning and write down the obligations and things you have to do that day. Hairdresser at 8.00, meeting at 10.00, pick up the children, prepare the product for the customer, cook lunch, write an article, etc. Everyone has obligations! The difference with successful people is that they cleverly organise their daily tasks. Even when you don’t write down the tasks on a piece of paper, always think in the morning about the things that await you. Make an arrangement of the day in your mind. Often everything won’t go according to plan. You can’t influence everything that happens. But you did everything you could.
One of my personal set goals was to write a book. As my profession is computer science, which seems to have no connection with the topic I’m writing about, a thought came into my mind while setting this goal: “Are you kidding?” Whatever kind of book has come into existence, it creates a good feeling already that you’re reading it and are concerned with it. J It feels great to make a tick next to the goal in the diary upon achieving it. It’s an even more beautiful feeling to look back at achieved goals and be proud of what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter much what others might say.
Irrespective of your goals, your subconscious will always lead you to a certain goal. Always. Even if you don’t have a set goal. In this case, it leads you in front of the TV, into drugs or to a shop. Why not start commanding your subconscious to rather take you to beautiful beaches, good people and more money? This way, your ideas will help you to create a more beautiful world.
Where to start? To get a feeling of how this functions, start with small goals and monitor progress. Maybe such that you can achieve in a few days or weeks. Then think big. Even beyond the limits of your abilities. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get to tick all of the goals by the end of your life.