In the last chapter, you learned the importance of writing down your goals and how it can help you to achieve them. As was mentioned at the beginning of this book, you need to define your goals in order to reach them. Just as you have to decide where you are going in an automobile before you can get there, similarly, you have to decide what goals you want to achieve before you can actually achieve them. Therefore, in this chapter, you will learn how to define your goals so you can actually achieve them.
A goal is a desired result or achievement you want to reach. Therefore, you need to decide what you want to achieve in your life. You need to decide what you want to be remembered for and what actions in your life you want to do to reach this goal. In determining what goals you want to achieve, ask yourself what really drives you, what motivates you to get up in the morning.
Is it your family? Is it your career? Is it the environment? Is it wealth? Is it something else? You need to decide what really matters to you, then decide what you want to achieve to exemplify what really matters to you. If the environment really matters to you, do you want to earn a degree in a field related to protecting the environment? Do you want to earn a position at a company that is committed to protecting the environment? Do you want to start your own company whose mission is to protect the environment?
Similarly, if your career really matters to you, what field of study really interests you? Where do you think you can make the greatest difference and the greatest impact in the world? Is it in business? In education? In science? In technology? You need to really evaluate what you are interested in and what you want to accomplish in life in order to define the goals you want to achieve.
Once you know what drives you and what matters to you, you’ll have a better idea of what goals you want to achieve in your lifetime. Then, you can break down those goals into more manageable and attainable tasks and short-term goals to make the long-term goals more easily attainable.
You’ve learned in this chapter the importance of defining your goals. In the next chapter, you will learn the importance of prioritizing your goals.