Successful people are people who live intensely goal orientated lives by implementing the discipline of goal setting. They normal have a written out goal statement or a list of clearly defined goals with specific measures to indicate to them when a specific goal has been achieved. This goal setting statement is not just a vague or generalized statement. If you study any number of self improvement books you will usually be advised that \"goal setting\" is one of the principal ways to ensure a successful life. This raises the question: \"Why do people often attempt goal setting, simply to be unsuccessful and be frustrated with the process and the outcomes?\" Brian Tracy offers four potential reasons in his book \"Goals! How to Get Everything You want, Faster than You Ever Thought Possible\" for why people fail at goal setting. Goals are not Important. The fact is, the importance of goals cannot be emphasised enough, however most people just do not recognize the importance of goal setting. This is most likely due to the fact that they were not raised in a home where goal setting and achieving the set goals was practised. They therefore did not learn the important skill of goal setting as part of their upbringing. Without the integration of goal setting as part of their lives people just do not value it as an important part of their success, or the lack thereof.
Would it surprise you to know that your self_esteem (the value you place on yourself) determine whether you reach your goals or not? The opposite is equally true: Setting and achieving realistic goals will boost your self_esteem substantially. Don\'t believe me? Just think about the last time you struggled to master a new skill. At the very point of exasperation, when you are at your wits end, if you persevere despite being sorely tempted to give up... Suddenly, miraculously, it all falls into place... Did you feel smart, surprised, rewarded, fulfilled, elated and as if you were going to explode with pride? Did you feel like you could easily build on this achievement? That\'s how you\'ll feel every time you set and achieve a personal goal. It will be even more satisfying if you focused your energies purposefully onto achieving something specific and concrete. \"Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass _ to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that?\" Anthon St. Maarten