Select Page

Goal setting is a fantastic skill to develop—knowing how to design your own future. A life best lived is a life by design. Not by accident, and not by just walking through the day careening from wall to wall and managing to survive. That’s OK. But if you can start giving your life dimensions and design and color and objectives and purpose, the results can be absolutely staggering.

Goal setting gives you the chance to experience the power of your imagination. Think about it. Imagination builds cities. Imagination conquers disease. Imagination develops careers. Imagination sets up relationships. Imagination is where all tangible values and intangible values begin. So what you’ve got to learn to do is use this powerful resource.

Tapping into this resource of imagination for goal setting involves thinking about your future, thinking about tomorrow or the rest of the day, thinking about the rest of the year or five years or 10. You can use your imagination to start prospecting for the future, for what could be possible for you.

Related: The Major Key to Your Best Future Is You

But before you can do that, you need to know the five primary things that affect all of us, our lives and our goals:

1. The Environment

It doesn’t hurt to make a simple contribution to the environment. Pick up a piece of trash and throw it in the receptacle. If everybody did that, what a better world it would be. A little contribution costs nothing. If everybody contributed, what a difference it would make!

2. Events

Events affect us—some small, some big, some personal, some national, some global. Think of any big event of local, national or global significance. Those kinds of events affect us all. There are small events and daily events and family events and community events. We’re all affected by events.

3. Knowledge

We’re affected by whatever we know or don’t know. Here’s a good phrase to jot down: Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance creates lack. Ignorance creates disease. Ignorance will shorten your life and leave you with the husks, nothing to account for. No, ignorance is not bliss.

4. Results

We’re affected by results. Whether it’s financial results or personal results or social results, we’re all affected by results. Disciplines undone in the future give us poor results. Disciplines managed well give us good results.

5. Our Dreams

We’re affected by our dreams, our vision of the future.

 

Adapted from The Jim Rohn Guide to Goal Setting
This post originally appeared on SUCCESS.com.

Happiness Is Not in the Getting, Happiness Is in the Becoming

George Leonard, in his book Mastery, talks about “enjoying the plateau.” This...

Why Some People Fail and Others Succeed

What if we converted our dreams into plans and our plans...

5 Simple Steps to Plan Your Dream Life

I’ve often said that the major reason for setting a goal...

5 Undeniable Reasons to Leave a Legacy

You know, I have had an amazing life. I have traveled the...

5 Simple, Practical Ways to Become More Grateful

Gratitude is something we have to work at—to prepare our hearts...

The Result of Your Life Is Determined by a Few Simple Disciplines

We must impose upon ourselves a new discipline and develop a...

How to Stop Listening to the Negative Voice in Your Head

Why are we so frequently inclined to do the things that...

Your Lifestyle Is a Reflection of Who You Are

Lifestyle is a result of living more—living more fully, living more...

The Powerful Combination of Words and Emotion

Well-chosen words mixed with measured emotions is the basis of affecting...

How to Deal With the Negative Influences in Your Life

If you were to evaluate the major influences in your life...

8 Ways to Master the Art of Communication

The better you become at using these tools, the better you’ll...

The 4 Building Blocks of Good Communication

Effective communication is a critical component of mastering success. By mastering...

6 Essential Traits of Good Character

Success as a leader is built on the foundation of character....

7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader

If you want to be a great leader who attracts quality...

Being Successful Is a Personal Choice

The epitome of success is giving a design to your life...

How to Start a New Discipline

Success starts by becoming the master over the small details of...

The Best Ways to Beat Procrastination

Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to...

How You’re Killing Your Productivity
How You’re Killing Your Productivity

Productivity is essential to our feeling of self-esteem, accomplishment, and hopefulness....