“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” – Tony Robbins
Goals, or goal making, can be applied to so many aspects of life: success, health, productivity, projects and relationships – the list is endless. People set goals to meet an objective, either on a short- or long-term basis. Some goals, like writing a book and publishing it, may take a number of years to accomplish. While some goals are set for a day, a week, a month – but all goals are different and require different lengths of time to accomplish. They serve to motivate, to remind and to monitor, for people who want to improve themselves, to become successful or try something new.
As a college sophomore, at 20 years old, I am in the beginning to see the benefits of setting goals. One of my goals I set in high school was getting into Columbia University in New York City, and I hit that goal. Now I’m there studying business and marketing, where I am still making and hitting my goals. Two I’ve set myself is graduating in two years with a degree and graduating with a grade point average (or GPA) of 3.5. A college degree, especially one from an Ivy League school, will open many doors for my future career – and graduating with a high GPA will almost ensure me of at least tons of interviews once I graduate. However, I also have a goal of getting an internship, to have practical, real-world experience in the field of business and marketing. This I plan to get before I graduate so that I can start applying for jobs the moment I get my degree, or even before I get my degree. (Another goal is finding a job that really challenges me, a job I love and which does not feel like work at all.)
Others goal I have to pertain to my personal and family life. Once I have landed a good, fun, high-paying job, I hope to enter the dating scene: to find someone to love and spend my life with. That’s what everyone wants and what many people work hard for. My goal is to meet the right girl who understands me, challenges me and appreciates me for who I am, a person who will complete me and be there for me when times are bad, as well as when they are good. Finding and keeping the right person is all that truly matters in this life – and that is what I want and will get. Also, my goal is to start a wonderful, loving family that will come to take care of me when I’m old, weak or weary.
Lastly, another goal I have is having financial success, to be able to live a long, healthy life. It’s something I never saw in parents, as both are working-class people who have struggled with debt and other financial hardships. Even to this day, they sometimes work paycheck-to-paycheck and stress about paying bills, struggling and never going on vacation. I don’t want that life. I want, I need, I deserve, financial freedom – the freedom to live a life free of the fear of going broke, homeless, becoming poor – and a life completely free of the worry of having enough money.
No, money and a good career are not everything. Just half. You also need people in your life to love, who love you back, and who provide meaning to life. This cannot happen without setting and hitting goals, then setting more and hitting more. It’s a life-long practice used many successful people all across the board. And it’s something everyone could benefit from at some point in his or her life, in any and all aspects of it. It works, and it’s been proven to help people become a better version of their self.
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