What is the theory of goal setting? Why is goal setting important? What are the benefits of goal setting? You can read many goal setting theory articles but this is how I see it.
My theory of goal setting is this.
If you choose to manifest your dreams, you need a plan which defines in detail your route to your chosen final destination.
A dream with a plan becomes a goal.
A goal is a detailed flight plan which will guide you towards accomplishing your desires.
How else would you know how to get there?
Without a plan your dreams will never take off and will remain just aspirations.
Just as a pilot needs to create a flight plan before he is given his take off clearance.
He needs to know where he is going, what airports are available on route in case of an emergency, his fuel load, how long it is going to take him and what route to follow in order to get to his final destination.
And just like a flight, you will encounter some turbulence along the way that may temporarily set you off course.
So, when you hit that turbulence that sets you temporary off course come back to your flight plan and it will remind you what is important to you and why.
Goal setting is all about what you and you alone have chosen as important to manifest into your life.
Your commitment to your goals must be total and that is why a goal must be something that you really desire. Because if you tackle it with passion your commitment will be total.
Here are some other opinions on the theory of goal setting. You will recognize the names.
"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action" - Napoleon Hill.
"Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going" - Laurence J. Peter.
"We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve" - Maxwell Maltz.
"The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams" -Og Mandino.
"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it" - Robert Heinlein.
"Achievable goals are the first step to self improvement" - J.K. Rowling.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined" - Henry David Thoreau.
"Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true" - Lester R. Bittel.
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Whatever your theory of goal setting, you will see the benefits of goal setting and as you can see you are in good company.
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