Too busy to set Goals?

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Why not settle for more?

We all settle for something—whatever the area in our life may be.

A speaker at a conference in Nashville recently told the audience if that is true…..why not settle for more?

It got me thinking about the value of setting goals. Sadly too many people are too busy to pause, reflect on what they want from life and then write down their main goals. Please do not do that.

Many of us have been told that our future outcomes will depend on the goals we set. We know that. But few actually take the time to do it.

Zig Ziglar introduced me in 1993 to the value and methods of setting daily goals. As a result I can tell you exactly what my goals were every day since 1993.

Doing this has allowed me to:

—Still be married (21 years so far)

—Have a strong faith to sustain me (recently I got an email from South Africa that my dad, a healthy man all his life, is now fighting pancreatic cancer)

—Be consistent in staying current in the field of medicine (I am at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston currently and will share some new pearls with you in the coming weeks)

—Consume 10 servings of fruits and vegetables 365 days a year. (I intentionally do that by eating the right foods and using a fruit and vegetable supplement in a capsule)

—Completed 78 marathons (Including two Boston marathons. My third New York Marathon is coming up soon)

—Never miss a deadline as a part time contributor to Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail.

I say this not boastfully, but to thank Zig Ziglar for teaching me how to set goals. If you want to remain influential as a parent, spouse or in your workplace do yourself a favor and set goals daily.

If you already are doing that why not pick an area you are weak in—all of us have a blind spot—and see if you can become more consistent in that area. A great book that will help in becoming consistent is Darren Hardy’s “The Compound Effect

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2011-10-17T00:54:32+00:00 October 17th, 2011|Guidance|

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