Earl Nightingale once said, “A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” If the ship has no rudder, it can’t control where it’s going. The ship will simply drift with the currents of the ocean.
The same holds true for building a successful life. If you do not have goals and plans for what you want to accomplish, you are most likely part of someone else’s goals and plans. Having none means that you are probably drifting through the sea of life, not knowing where you are going, and certainly not in control of your destiny.
Would you expect an architect to design a building, but not provide detailed plans for the actual construction of it? No, you wouldn’t. Then why would you expect to make a successful life for yourself without setting goals and developing comprehensive plans to achieve it?
Over the centuries, qualitative studies have been conducted on successful and unsuccessful individuals in the attempt to crack the code of success. For some, it has been relatively simple to break this code; yet, for others, lifetimes have been spent trying to solve it with no success. As you might imagine, there have always been opinions and theories as to why one human being achieves success and another is unable to reach an equivalent level.
Today, there is credible research that documents what many philosophers and writers have been saying for thousands of years about the process of setting goals. There are many natural laws that are imperative to understand in order to understand the principles and processes that must be adhered to in order to maximize one’s potential and ability to set goals, create plans and then achieve them.
Obeying the Laws of Success
We should not ignore or dispute historical facts, laws, principles, or processes proven to work. Some facts are actually laws of nature or of the universe. The law of gravity is an excellent example. If a big boulder is being held in a net above your head, and someone is about to cut the net, you’d better get out of the way. The laws of gravity have been telling us for thousands of years that whatever goes up will come down. In this case, the minute the net is cut, the boulder will drop, and if you don’t get out of the way, you are going to be crushed! Because we understand the law of gravity, we will get out of the way. Why is it then that we ignore other laws that teach us such simple truths?
Regardless of whether you have ignored certain laws in the past, or were not aware of them, you are now going to understand why you can’t ignore the importance of setting goals and taking the time to develop plans to achieve them. To make it very plain and clear, you cannot be successful without specific goals and plans for your future. It is the only way you can become the architect of…