This blog post is about goals.
I’ve often thought that if my boys go pro in the NFL, I would want them to be kickers. Great paycheck, potential for a long career, and with a low likelihood of concussion. Pretty simple. But I know it isn’t easy. There is a lot of practice and a lot of pressure that goes along with that tall yellow goal post.
If you don’t have a goal, you’re just randomly kicking a ball around. You won’t be challenged. You won’t know when you fail. You won’t know when you succeed. You won’t ever get any better. A goal draws into sharp focus whether your discipline matches your passion, leaving no room for fuzzy wishes. It gives you something concrete to strive toward. And not only that, but goals also build on each other over time. In 2007 one of our goals was for Hannah to learn her ABC’s. Today she is in 3rd grade, and I’ll bet she would know her ABC’s by now, regardless of whether we set that goal or not. But that does not mean that the goal was a waste. The goal itself was practice. The goals have since progressed to ‘sit and learn,’ ‘read,’ ‘overcome fear,’ and ‘gain confidence in math.’ The annual discipline of setting goals has helped us to guide her through each phase of development. We have improved our parenting, year after year, through the setting of goals.
The second thing about a goal is that it can make all the difference. You either kick the game-winning field goal or it goes wide right. And sometimes this truth is just as harsh in real life. You either save enough money for a down payment on your dream home, or you don’t. You either invest in that new family at your church, or they feel disconnected and go elsewhere. You either encourage your buddy to keep fighting, or he despairs and divorces. This is real life, and achieving your goal matters! You are on earth for a purpose, and setting goals is a great way to make sure you accomplish it.
The NFL may not be in your future, but the practice of setting goals will help you meet the pressures of this crazy life. And now is a great time to start!
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