Aristotle wrote that human beings are teleological organisms, which simply means that we are purpose driven. Therefore, you feel happy and in control of your life only when you have a clear goal that you are working toward each day. This also means that this ability to become a lifelong goal setter is one of the most important disciplines you will ever develop.
In nature, the homing pigeon is a remarkable bird. It has an uncanny instinct that enables it to fly back to its home roost, no matter how far away it starts or in what direction it must go. You can take a homing pigeon out of its roost, put it in a cage, put the cage in a box, cover the box with a blanket, and put the covered box in the back of a pickup truck. You could then drive 1,000 miles in any direction, open up the truck, take out the box, take off the blanket, open the cage, and throw the homing pigeon up in the air. The homing pigeon will circle three times, get its bearings, and then fly straight back to its home roost. This is the only creature on earth that has this ability -except for human beings. Except for you.
You also have this remarkable homing ability within your own brain, but with one special difference. The homing pigeon seems to know instinctively exactly where its home roost is located. It then has the ability to fly directly back to that roost. In contrast, when human beings program a goal into their minds, they can then set out without having any idea where they will go or how they will achieve that goal. But by some miracle, they will begin to move unerringly toward that goal, and the goal will begin to move toward them.
Still many people are hesitant to set goals. They say, “I want to be financially independent, but I have no idea how I’m going to get there”. As a result, they don’t even set financial success as a goal. But the good news is that you don’t nee to know how to get there. You just need to be clear about what you want to accomplish, and the goal-striving mechanism in your brain will guide you unerringly to your destination.
Excerpt from the book, No Excuses by Brian Tracy
Having taking time to read the excerpt, I know question on your mind will be, will setting goals guarantee my success? Obviously setting the goals does not guarantee you are going to succeed but failure is not an option either. but the discipline act of writing out your goals, making plans for accomplishing them, and then working on those goals daily increases the likelihood of achieving your goals by ten times, or 1,000 percent.
Writing is called a “psycho-neuro-motor activity”. The act of writing forces you to think and concentrate. It forces you to choose what is more important to you and your future. The result of this action is that, your goals are impressed in your subconscious mind which then uses forces in the universe every 24 hours to bring your goal to reality.
In life, you either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve the goals of someone else. Which is it going to be?