Good As Gold

What would your weight in gold be worth? With gold firmly above the $800 per ounce level, a person weighing 150 pounds would be worth nearly $2,000,000 (150 pounds at 16 ounces per pound = 2,400 ounces X $800 per ounce equals $1,920,000 for those not so mathematically inclined). Yes, that is six zeros – a millionaire. WOW! So, do you feel you are worth your weight in gold? If so, congratulations! If not, read on!

It turns out that being “goaled”, that is, having goals, may be just as valuable as being gold. If you were to ask those who are worth their weight in gold, the majority would admit that their accomplishments could not have been attained without a goal in mind. After all, how could you get somewhere if you don’t know where “somewhere” is? Or as the saying goes, “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” Setting goals are paramount to achieving success.

Consider goals as the map on your journey of success. First, you need a destination. What is it that you would like to achieve? Secondly, define that destination so that you can determine when you have reached it. For example, to just go to Las Vegas, Nevada may not be enough. Where are you going to stay when you get there? What is your final stopping point? What milestone will you have to reach to know you have met your goal? The goal has to be measurable. Next, when do you expect to get there? A goal is nothing more than a dream with a deadline. What is your deadline? By when would you like to achieve your goal? Finally, stay on course. What are your landmarks or small achievements along the way? There will be bumps in the road ahead but keep your focus on the next landmark. This will be your insurance that you have not made any wrong turns and that you are still moving in the right direction.

So, how strong should your commitment to setting goals be? Unbreakable––you should be solid “goaled.” Is it really that important? You bet! As the 20th century minister and educator, Benjamin Mays wrote, “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” Being “goaled” may very well be as good as gold!

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