The Road to Chicago (Part 3)

The Power of a Goal

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
-Denis Watley

On our last run on Saturday Pastor Larry looked at me and said, “Wow man… think about the power of a goal.” It really made me think…our goal of running a marathon caused us to run over 450 miles, 2 1/2 days, and spend a descent amount of money. All of that with the goal in mind to run 26.2 miles and cross the finish line.

I love the quote above by Dennis… it’s an absolute fact. The larger percent of people never live their life on purpose. Sure they may plan to go to college, get a good job, and support their family (which are are awesome goals). However, it stops there with most people… they refuse to set goals and things to aim at in life only to come to the end of their lives and realize they didn’t come close to reaching their potential in life or doing half the things they desired to do.

I’ll probably do a whole blog series on goals, but here are how I organize/evaluate my goals in my life. I would encourage you to create a similar system in your life!

Bucket List – These are outrageous goals (like dining with the President of the Unites States, giving away $1 million in my lifetime, visit every presidential library in the world, running a marathon, flying in an air force jet etc.). I constantly am adding to this list and looking for ways to accomplish the things that I want to do.

My Life Plan – I actually just started this one and I am pumped about it! You can read about making your own Life Plan here. I got this principle from Michael Hyatt (CEO and Founder of Thomas Nelson Publishing) and it got me fired up about doing this for my life!

Quarterly Goals – I set goals one quarter at a time. I have 7 areas in which I’ll set goals: Family/Marriage(one day), financial, personal growth, physical, professional, social, and spiritual. At the end of a quarter I’ll take a half day out of the week and get by myself…evaluate how I measured up in those areas and then set my goals for the following quarter.

End of the Year Review – This is one of my favorite things to do each year! I’ll take a ton of time in the last two weeks of the year and go through my journal, calendar, goals, etc. and evaluate my whole year. How I spent my time, what goals I accomplished, etc. and then based off that I’ll figure out how I need to spend my time in the next year, who I want to spend it with, what I want to accomplish, what I need to work on, etc..

Again, I’ll do a whole weeks worth of posts explaining what I do during these times, but I thought it might help you.

If I learned anything through marathon training it is the power of having a goal (something to shoot for) and the importance of setting them constantly in my life so I can live everyday on purpose and I’ll constantly be achieving and setting new things to shoot at in my life.

If you have goals in your life…. the discipline to see them through will come with it!

“Discipline is remembering what you want(your goals!).” -David Campbell


2 Responses

  1. Great article.

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.

  2. I’ll look into it… I just started using iCal to sync with my iphone… pretty sweet. If you know of any other programs to help stay focused and organized let me know!

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