The Power of a Goal – Part One
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What are my goals?
It’s not about what’s owed to me. This game gives you what you put into it. I plan to put my heart and soul into it. – – Barry Zito
The 7-year old listened as his teacher asked the class to draw a picture of what they wanted to do when they grew up. He didn’t hesitate. Ever since he was three, when he received a red plastic baseball bat, he had known what he wanted to be when he grew up. So, he picked up a crayon and drew a baseball pitcher. He scrawled the words “Make a million dollars” above it.
Barry Zito had a goal.
After college, Barry was selected by the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers, but politely declined both teams, turning down not one – but two – chances to play in the big leagues. A year later, he signed with the Oakland Athletics – for a signing bonus of $1.59 million.
But that was just the beginning. Seven years later, he signed a new contract – for the highest amount ever paid to a pitcher at that time.
The power of a goal.
It is approaching that time of year when we take stock of all our accomplishments from the past, and look forward to what we want to do next. There are three basic approaches that most of us take. Some of us just keep doing what we are doing, without much thought or focus about the future. Some of us think about the future, but don’t spend time forming specific goals. And then there are the magic people, the ones that really take the future seriously. They crystallize their dreams into goals, write them down, and develop a plan to reach them.
What about you? What is your goal? Is it so clear that you can draw it with a crayon? How do you set such a goal. Well, for openers, it helps to be S.M.A.R.T.
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