Throughout my life I've been reminded of the importance of setting goals. I've decided this morning to focus on goal-setting more and more. A recent talk in church reminded me to set at least one goal each day. Now I've got a goal...to set a goal each day. Ha ha ha.
Elder M. Russell Ballard taught, "I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and
learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can
reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we
reached but a small part of our full potential. When you learn to master
the principle of setting a goal, you will then be able to make a great
difference in the results you attain in this life." (Click here to go to talk.)
Preach My Gospel states, "Goals reflect the desires of our hearts and our vision of what we can accomplish. Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action. Goal setting and planning are acts of faith. ... Challenging goals will help you work effectively and lead you to stretch and grow." (p. 146)
I've always felt like there was something magical about goals. The Universe seems to acknowledge and honor those with clearly-defined goals and the determination to accomplish them. I think of movies like Rudy, Secretariat, Stand and Deliver, and Lean on Me. These stories always leave me feeling more determined to focus myself and set goals and go accomplish something really significant.