By Jude Ebenuwah
The word ‘goal setting’ is a common phrase that is spoken by everybody, but practiced and attained by few individuals who not only see their future before them, but also work tirelessly in paying the price by constantly studying and developing themselves in order to bring the desired future to reality. This is to say that it is very important to sit down and write out the things you wish to accomplish. More than that, you need to give your vision or dreams a deadline.
There should be a timing to everything to you wish to accomplish. Apart from helping you work with a sense of purpose and urgency, timing would also act as a yardstick for measuring or evaluating your progress. A good example of this is the United Nations Millennium Development Goals where the world body (U.N) expects every country in the world, especially the African countries to have moved from being Third-World countries in to industrialized countries by 2015.Another perfect example of goal-setting is Nigeria’s 2020 goal where Nigeria as a country is expected to be among the top industrialized countries in the world.
There is an adage that says “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step“(Confucius). Napoleon Hill shared his thoughts on this by saying, ”successful men and women are those who set a positive goal or goals, plan the means by which they expect to achieve those goals, and set out carefully as an architect who draws and plans the building before the construction team arrives”.
In conclusion, having seen the importance of having a specific goal, and giving it a definite time frame, I want to encourage us all to clearly and carefully write out our goals, and start working towards its actualization.