The best goals have a measurable impact and also serve to build a positive legacy.
As Albert Einstein said, “If you truly want to have a happy life, tie it to goals.” When you’re pursuing a goal you gain a sense of purpose in your life. You become focused on rising to a challenge and energized with enthusiasm over the prospect of actually achieving what you dreamed of. In effect, you become more alive and connected to others.
A goal should be difficult. It should cause you to stretch beyond your comfort zone and that stretching is what creates valuable personal growth. Once growth is achieved, it becomes a permanent part of who you are, and you never really go back to the person you were before. You are transformed through the realization that you can handle much more in life than you may think.
Usually, I also find that the closer you get to the attainment of your goal the tougher the road ahead becomes, and the more your commitment to your goal is tested.
Goals should have impact! The best goals not only transform the lives of the people pursuing the goal, but also seek to transform the lives of others as a core objective. Impact yields a deep sense of satisfaction that you made a difference.
Finally, the very best goals help to build a positive legacy in the form of a personal example you set for others to emulate, or in the number of lives you touch and improve along the way. In short, achieving your goals should serve to make the world a better place.
So, what are your goals? Make a list of the things that you want to achieve. Then add detail to that list by identifying the action steps you must take each and every day to convert your goal from a dream to reality.
Pursue your goals fearlessly and relentlessly. You’ll be amazed at the life you can live.