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.
We may not consciously beware that we are always setting goals, but whether we are setting goals consciously or unconsciously we are still setting goals. Anytime we decide or make a decision to do something we have set a goal to do it. My wife and I have while we were together set a goal to go out every Friday night for a couple of hours for our special time together. We called it our date night. It would be and is very beneficial for every married couple to have a date night even after they are a married couple. Dating is not just for those who are single and looking it is for those who have found their life mate (soul mate) as well. Dating after marriage keeps the relationship fresh and new, as well as it keeps those home fires burning.