The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get. When Andrew Carnegie died, they discovered a sheet of paper upon which he had written one of the major goals of his life: to spend the first half of his life accumulating money and to spend the last half of his life giving it all away. And he did!
Some people are disturbed by those tough days because all they have is the days. They haven’t designed or described or defined the future. Goals! There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them. We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles. The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them. Don’t set your goals too low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much. If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build, end up building us. We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life. Make this a Positive Day…unless of course you’ve made other plans!
— Reprinted with permission from Dr. James M. Wendling, The Wendling Group