WHY ARE GOALS IMPORTANT?
On the brightest sunny day, the most powerful magnifying glass will not set a piece of paper on fire if you keep moving the glass. But if you focus the light and hold it on one spot, the paper will burn. This is the power of concentration.
KEEP YOUR EYES UPON THE GOAL
On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel, The world was watching. Florence fought the dense fog, the bone-chilling cold and the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up. Florence was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter , but her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn’t stop her. She said, “I’am not making excuses. If only I had seen the land, I could have made it.” Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel. This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had her goal in mind and not only accomplished it , but beat the men’s record by two hours.
Suppose a soccer team is all charged up, enthusiastically ready to play a game, when someone takes the goalposts and goal line away. What would happen to the game? There is nothing left. How do you keep score? How do you know you have arrived? Enthusiasm without direction is like wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give a sense of direction. Would you board a train or plane without knowing where it was going? Of course not. Then why do people go through life without having any goals?
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. -Lloyd Jones