Set Goals For Yourself With Clear Perspective

Chapter 11: Proper Perspective

When setting goals for yourself, it is imperative that you are clearly seeing the opportunities in front of you.  In the following information, we discuss how to maintain a clear perspective on success.

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Too often people pursue goals that are unrealistic, such as achieving great wealth in a short time period, or to live a life of luxury as a millionaire or billionaire without having a clear plan of action.

A common mistake for people setting big goals is that they lack of thoughtful planning and discipline, which always leads to limited opportunity and results

Obtaining great wealth quickly is an example of having a goal, without a true purpose or plan. A goal without a purpose will only lead to an empty result. Even if you do become monetarily rich, your heart and your mind will remain poor and empty. Money is never the answer to self-worth - it does not buy happiness.

As we've been walking you through the process of setting goals for yourself, we've repeatedly emphasized the need to identify the "why" behind your goals. When you clearly understand your purpose, you'll have the self-motivation to continue pursuing your goals even when there are bumps in the road. 

Your goals are strongest when you maintain clarity about what is truly important. This is why we talk about issues of conscience; character; doing the right things; giving to others, and planning your life in a way that allows you to lead a life of passion using a high moral compass.

"Be here on purpose. Part of that purpose should be to learn and grow. Apply all your efforts to become your best self. Strain your potential until it cries for mercy."

Without a doubt, goal setting produces greater results when you are willing to put in the time and do the hard work. However, without your goals being planted firmly in reality and with a greater purpose; without true enthusiasm and passion, without your mind properly engaged, your goals will never lead you to a life of success and happiness.

So make sure that you always keep it real in terms of knowing what your true purpose is; knowing clearly what you want - and why you want it. This will ensure you spend your time wisely and end up with the outcome you truly desire.

Set Goals for Yourself With Purpose

As a reminder, the tools discussed in prior chapters will assist you in setting goals with your true purpose in mind:

  1. Life Balance - Success Wheel:  As you go through the process of identifying your key life categories, you are instructed to choose categories that are meaningful; that inspire and motivate you; that support you in a quest to become your best self.
  2. Master Action Plan (M.A.P.): One of the specific steps for completing your M.A.P. is to call out the purpose of your goal. This ensures that the goals you set will be in full alignment to your values.
  3. Vision Board: Creating your vision board is a great way to call out your life purpose and turn your big goals into a 3D tool that will continually inspire, motivate and keep you focused. Use this tool to gain leverage on your goals.

Take whatever time is necessary to fully complete the three tools above. In doing so you'll be sure to maintain proper perspective on your goals, and create a clearer path for success.

"Purpose is what gives life meaning."

- Charles Perkhurst

Success Lesson #22: Have You An "Alley-Cat" Consciousness?

""I myself am good fortune."

- Walt Whittman

The following fable was once told by Dr. Joseph Perry Green during a lecture in New York:

"A common mongrel cat and a fine Persian cat often met in an alley. The alley cat noticed that people seemed to love the Persian cat very much. She was petted and fed, and everybody was kind to her and called to her when they saw her.

But with the alley cat things went in the reverse. Nobody came near to pet her; in fact, everybody seemed to run away from her, except the boys and dogs, which would chase her, and the other cats of the neighborhood, who were constantly fighting with and abusing her.

Once day she asked the Persian cat what made the tremendous difference between them; why it was that she, the Persian cat, received such good treatment from everybody, while she, the poor alley cat, was treated so shamefully?

The Persian cat replied, 'Why, that is because I am puffed up. I know I am some cat! The reason you get such treatment as you do is because everybody can see that you think you are nothing but a miserable, despised, mongrel cat.'

The poor alley cat felt terribly depressed and despondent, and asked how she could change all this. The Persian cat told her "Begin believing in yourself. Start setting goals for yourself. Repeatedly tell yourself: 'I am a wonderful cat; everybody loves me, everybody is kind to me.'

The alley cat commenced doing this and soon she noticed that the treatment she received began to change. This encouraged her to keep thinking better of herself.

She kept affirming that she was 'some cat,' and gradually she was recognized as such, although she had no Persian blood in her. She had, however, adopted a Persian cat consciousness.

As a result, the alley-cat consciousness was cast out by the larger, richer consciousness she had adopted."

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