Do you know how to achieve goals?
When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.
– Zig Ziglar
Who is Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar‘s (affiliate link) real name is Hilary Hinton Ziglar and he was an American author, salesman and motivational speaker. He was a very popular speaker with sales organizations and network marketing companies, which is how I know about him.
How to Achieve Goals
Goals are vital for growth, but it’s a lot easier to set them than to accomplish them.
The path to any worthy goal has obstacles. You can’t avoid them. And to be honest, you really don’t want to.
But a lot of people quit their goals when they reach an obstacle. They don’t realize that the obstacle is the whole point of the goal in the first place, or overcoming the obstacle.
That’s where you learn and grow.
So, if quitting isn’t an option, how do you deal with obstacles?
When I was young I lived in upstate New York, near Syracuse, and my grandparents moved to Charleston, SC. I think we visited them every year they lived there, and we always went by car. The path was I-81 most of the way until we picked up I-77 in Virginia then I-26 the rest of the way from Columbia, SC.
Traveling that far by interstate, especially I-81, meant road construction. That’s a huge obstacle when you want to reach Grandma’s house in time for dinner.
So what do you do? Well, when it comes to personal development goals, a lot of people give up and quit. In business, a lot of people change the goal.
Those are both poor choices. You had a good reason for your goal, right?
When you’re 8 hours into a 13 hour trip, Dad’s not turning back for a little road construction. Nor is he going to take you to an amusement park instead. You’re going to Grandma’s house. She’s expecting us.
So the choices are either through the obstacle, the road construction in this case, or detour around it.
Your Goals are Important
The point is, you never give up on a goal, either by changing the goal or quitting altogether. Your goals are important, or they should be. Otherwise, they shouldn’t be goals.
You always face obstacles on the path and the only real choices are through or around.
Like Zig Ziglar said, you change your direction, not your decision to get there.
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Thanks for reading.
P.S. Check out yesterday’s quote of the day about taking responsibility.