The Importance of Setting Goals

Today we are going to be continuing to build on the last couple of wraps. In the process of analysing any Champion Mindset, it is impossible not to bring up the idea of Goals. When I talk about Goals, I think it is incredibly important to connect them with your Mind and Emotions as well. When I was at school, I distinctly remember our principle always talking about setting goals and going after your personal best. I used to hate this! I mean I really resisted goals, as most people do, and still to this day have a little twitch when someone is asking me about my goals.

After many years of deliberation on the topic of goal setting, I came to realise the reason I resisted goals in my experience of growing up, was because it always appeared to me that these goals were someone else's idea of how I should be or perform. These expectations were what someone else had for me and it seemed like I never got the vote on it. Still to this day, when I get that feeling, I have a sense about me that I want to resist. Instead, I like to know that I am somewhat dictating some of the rules of the game.

Incidentally, that’s why people don’t write down their goals. You don’t write down your goals because you know you’re not going to keep your word. It’s amazing how heavy a pen can get when someone says to you ‘ok we’re going to write down our goals’. Then even once we start writing them down, notice how limited they can become. Saying to yourself, "I can’t do that one". Really, this is just your self-talk again, and it is directly linked back to your self-esteem and the story that you have created about yourself.

What if I were to suggest to you that these are all connected, but you could hold them contextually in a new way? In other words, nothing's going to change except the way you think about it and then everything changes. We are not about changing the conditions, rather we are about changing the way that we interact with the conditions.

Now let's talk about the most important thing to a person - ourselves. To paraphrase what Dr Maxwell Molts has said, human beings are obviously like a bicycle. If a bicycle isn’t moving towards something it will lose its equilibrium and it will fall over.

You and I are designed exactly like that emotionally. If we are not going towards something, our life force, our energies are just kind of splintered and splattered and they cannot produce results in that state. If I know that I am made with intellect and that gift of intellect is also a responsible gift because I have that intellect I can either shape or co-create things in my experience. We can see this within the animal kingdom. There is no need to take all the wombats who are born in January and give them lessons in foraging 101. They instinctively know what to do, as animals have instinct and are almost programmed in what to do next.

You and I, because we have the gift of creative imagination, we have a whole set of responsibilities to tune in to how we’re truly made as human beings. All you need to do is observe people who are up to something, people who are out to achieve something. You’ll notice there is a different spark, a different demeanour about them. There is something attractive about people who are intending to do something, have you noticed that? What you are seeing is a human being's true self-expression. To be consistent with who you are, the machinery of how you are made is compelling and we need to be compelled to reach out and achieve.

So why set goals? Because it’s consistent with your nature; it garners your energies and it focuses your energies to get things done. What begins to happen when you’re focused is in your sleep you’ll begin to create blueprints for achieving what it is that you want next. You’ve all experienced this! The reason is once you know what you want, your mind MUST align with that, and help you to get it. That is the fantastic part of how our minds can work with us when we are compelled to achieve!

Maroubra Running Crew having fun