I recently conducted two seminars in the Dallas area and had a free afternoon between events.
Since both of my children were adopted from the Edna Gladney Home in Ft. Worth, I took a drive to go by there. After that, I drove to the northern side of Ft. Worth to visit the old stockyards.
They do something at the Ft. Worth Stockyards that isn’t done anywhere else in the world. Twice a day, at 11:30 a.m. and then again at 4:00 p.m., they have a “cattle drive”.
That’s right. A “cattle drive”. A bunch of cowboys lead 16 longhorn steers down Exchange Avenue for everyone to see what it was like in the Old West.
As I was watching that cattle drive that day, I thought about the correlation between a cattle drive and our goals in life. Most people have no written goals and they eventually wonder “what happened?”
What if, in the Old West, cowboys conducted cattle drives with no specific goal. They would probably just let the cattle wonder off in any direction. They had to have specific goals and specific plans on how to accomplish their mission. Otherwise, failure was assured.
Thus, if you have not written down specific goals for the next five years of your life, shouldn’t this be your “driving ambition” right now? I think so!
Write down specific goals of how you want your life to be five years from now. Where will you live? What type of house or condo? What will you be driving? What do you want your state of health to be? How do you want your most important relationships to be?
Then divide those goals by 5 and define what portions of those goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. A further step would be to divide your 12 month goals into portions you want to accomplish in the next 30 days.
Then, like the cattle moving down Exchange Avenue one step at a time, get started on your short-term goals (for the next 30 days) and take one step at a time.
It’s important to actually “see and believe” your short-term, 30 days goals. If you don’t see and believe them, lower the expectations until you get to a point where you say “anybody could do that”. That’s when you’ll believe and achieve those short-term goals.
In time, many short-term goals, accomplished one after another, lead to the achievement of really big goals.
Be sure to identify some sensible rewards along the way as you achieve each goal. That way your mind will get the idea that good things happen when you make a concerted effort to achieve important goals.
Like the cattle drive I saw that day at the old Ft. Worth Stockyards, let’s drive your future in the right direction, with written goals and small initial steps.
Isn’t it time that we “steer” things toward a great future?
A Goal Setting Affirmation
I am writing down my 5 year, 12 month, and 30 day goals and taking steps to accomplish them.