A good friend once told me the following story about setting goals. With 2011 beginning to come to a close and many of you beginning to think about what you want to accomplish in 2012 I thought this story might put the proper perspective on getting an answer to why setting goals is so important.
Imagine you are a spectator at an imaginary basketball game – the last of a championship series. Both teams are playing at their best. You can almost hear the players’ hearts pound with adrenaline as they take their warm-up shots. The players meet at center court and the referee tosses the ball high into the air and immediately, the home team takes possession of the ball. The star guard dribbles down the court and sees one of his teammates standing open beneath the backboard. A quick pass and the shot is up … but wait, it falls to the floor.
There is no hoop on the backboard!
The players are confused, then frustrated. They demand an explanation but there is none given. After a few minutes the game is cancelled because without hoops the officials cannot keep score.
And that’s the answer. Life without goals is like a basketball game without hoops. You not only can’t keep score but you probably won’t even play the game.
Accomplishment requires goals. Your goals determine your thoughts. Your thoughts determine your life – what you are and what you have. The fact is you become what you spend most of your time thinking about. Napoleon Hill said, “What you think about you bring about.” If you are not happy with what you have then change what you think about.
So start today to set your goals and think about them all the time. You will soon get what you want.
Director of Sales & Service
Ebby Halliday, REALTORS
2011 Winner of ARC Award for Professional Realtor of the Year