The above essay first came to my attention whilst reading Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends And Influence People.
I read it almost daily to serve as a reminder to keep the bigger picture in mind. The bigger picture being your vision and ultimately where you would like to be. The purpose of goals in my opinion, is to satisfy that vision.
"Thought is supreme."
Indeed it is.
I often argue that goals are to be kept a secret. A monumental desire that lives deep within your soul is what should be your guidance; not the noise that is unjust opinions, negative self-talk and lack of patience (which often comes from blurting your every goal and ambition out into the world).
When I initially lost over 30 kg, I didn't tell a soul about what I wanted to achieve....to be honest, I didn't even know what I wanted to achieve -- all I knew was the simple fact that I was fat, unhappy and longed for change.
Funnily enough, I still had a strong vision in my head. A vision of health and happiness. It might not have been a specific goal, but it was real. I believe creating a vision that is tangible -- so real it serenades the five senses just thinking about it -- can be the most advantageous weapon in your arsenal.
I've changed my mindset recently about goals. I now try and construct goals that will take me one step closer to my vision. In the past, goals would be immeasurable constraints that didn't serve a vital role -- they were simply there to keep me busy.
This certainly isn't one of my regular posts and by no means do I think I have somehow found internal happiness and success which justifies the writing of this.. The last person I want to be known as is an arbitrary "self-help guru" that preaches without reason.
I have just found that keeping my vision close to my heart and creating goals that align with that vision has increased the quality of my life. I hope you look at your vision and goal creation with a renewed lens and mindset.
Take a look at Debbie Millman's "Your Ten Year Plan For An Extraudanry Life" -- it's a profound affirmation technique.