I was talking to my younger brother the other day and we were discussing goals. He wants to go to college and get a degree in marketing and get a good job. So I asked him "OK, where do you start? What school do you want to go? Have you taken the SAT?” He didn't know.
Having a goal is more than just saying I want to do something, you have to have a specific goal and you have to have a plan in place to achieve that goal. You can’t start a business without a business plan. And if you do, the chance of that business succeeding is highly unlikely.
Lots of people have all these great ideas of things they want to achieve but have no guidance or haven't put any serious thought to actually achieving it. Think of getting in your car driving. Let’s say you want to get to New York and you have never driven there before. Without a GPS or a Map you will probably never get there, and if you did, I'm sure you will have gotten lost a few times, made a few wrong turns, or you may have gotten frustrated and turned around (give up). It's the same as going through life without set goals. Goals are your GPS.
If you have something you want to do, whether it’s going back to school, starting a business, writing a book, write it down. To think is to put it in ink! When you put your goals on paper, they become real! Not just thoughts in your head. Make long term goal list and short term goal list with a completion date. Put your goals all around you. Look at them every day and hold yourself accountable on taking the necessary action steps to accomplish those goals. You may have set backs. That’s OK! That's just your GPS rerouting.