If You Don’t Believe In Setting Goals, It’s Because You Don’t Know How To Do It
Benjamin P. Hardy

“The first component to achieving something is picking it. It has to be something tangible, but that is currently not tangible to you. In other words, it has to be something you currently don’t have. This is why the foundation of all goals is faith. And this isn’t a religious type of faith, although it could be. Faith is simply having a belief or hope in something you can’t see or that doesn’t currently exist. If you can’t hold it in your hand and you want it, you need faith to get it.

Faith can only exist if you actually believe you can get what you want. If you don’t believe you can get a better job or be a better person, then you can’t have the faith to create that goal. You may set that goal, but you will never achieve it.”

I fully agree that faith is a key component in achieving a goal; but motivation may be even more important. “I plan to be manager of this department someday,” is an admirable goal, but why? Unless there is some passion behind that desire, I am more likely to change my goal when something more desirable (or less formidable) comes along.

Then there is something called fantasy. It is where I can become anything I wish regardless of my current circumstances. I whisk myself off to some utopia where everything conforms to my desires and fulfills whatever needs that are not being met in my reality. Sometimes it is those fantasies that motivate me to change my reality.

But whether it is passion or fantasy that drives me toward my goal, there is still a requirement that I discern opportunities as they arise. Believing that I can get what I want may turn out to be the last thing I need. And that may be the biggest harbinger of all!

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