On the best sunny day, the most powerful magnifying glass will not light paper if youkeep moving the glass. But if you focus and hold it, the paper will light up. That is thepower of concentration. A man was traveling and stopped at an intersection. He asked an elderly man, “Where does this road take me?” The elderly person asked, “Where do you want to go?” The man replied, “I don’t know.” The elderly person said, “Then take any road. What difference does it make?”
How true. When we don’t know where we are going, any road will take us there.Supposing you have the football eleven enthusiastically ready to play the game, all charged up, and then someone took the goal post away. What would happen to the game? There is nothing left. How do you keep score? How do you know you have arrived? Enthusiasm without direction is like wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give asense of direction.Would you sit in a train or a plane without knowing where it was going? The obvious
answer is no. Then why do people go through life without having any goals?
Goals must be
1. S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.”
This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10
pounds in 90 days.”
2. M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it.
Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
3. A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be
challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
4. R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.
5. T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.
Goals Must Be Balanced
Our life is like a wheel with six spokes.
1. Family. Our loved ones are the reason to live and make a living.
2. Financial. Represents our career and the things that money can buy.
3. Physical. Our health, without which nothing makes sense.
3. Mental. Represents knowledge and wisdom.
4. Social. Every individual and organization has social responsibility without which
6. Spiritual. Our value system represents ethics and character.
Dr. Meenakshi Thakur