Think Ahead… to Get Ahead

Hi my readers,

Take a moment to reflect on the goals you set for yourself at the start of 2018. Take a moment to reflect on your attitude towards those goals now. Take a moment to reflect on your attitude towards the process of goal setting in your life.

What are your answers? Sucks right?

It has been my observations that most people would spend more time organizing their holidays than their own lives. For most of us, we would go through all the troubles to locate the best airlines, the best accommodation, the best itinerary, the best prices, and the best time to depart and return etc for our holidays. We want our holidays to be perfect.

But when it comes to organizing the goals of our lives, we don’t give it much thought. Do we? We try to rationalize everything we could to delay our own success. We give ourselves reasons for NOT achieving the goals we set for ourselves. We blame the economy, the government, the customers, the suppliers, or your mother-in-law for not achieving your goals. We blame everyone except ourselves. Period.

As I have always said – “If you have no goal in life, you have already achieved it“.

Personally, I think goal setting is the most important process in regulating your personal and professional success. You got to be a master of it. Otherwise, without goals, your life will be very much like a boat drifting in the wide ocean without a destination or direction. A wasted life with nothing to show for on your deathbed.

We got to think ahead of ourselves to get ahead. There is no 2 ways about it. Just do it as Nike says.

To succeed in life, you really need to set 2 kinds of goals. Short-term and long-term goals. I my opinion, short-term goals have a time frame of up to 3 months, and long-term goals have a time frame of up to 3 years. These are just my goal setting time frames I give myself. There are no rules on it. You may set your time frames regarding each.

Actually, setting goals and letting people know what you want to achieve 3 months or 3 years down the road is the easy part. Anyone can do that. The hardest part is to attach a solid reason to each of your goal. This is the part that scares most people and this is the reason why most people have decided that goal setting is NOT for them. They are afraid to face their own fears. They would rather be the piece of dead wood drifting in the ocean.

When you do not have a BIG “WHY” behind each of your goal, you will never have the persistence, determination, and commitment to pull through all obstacles that may come your way in the process of achieving your goals. On the contrary, you will give in or “chicken out” at the first obstacle that confront you. This is the reason why success is so far and few in between in our current society of educated working adults.

Remember that we set goals because we want to grow bigger than ourselves NOW. We want to stretch ourselves to our limits and then break those limits. This is the ONLY purpose of goal setting. Period.

Never be afraid of failures. Without failures, then can be no success to talk about. Failures are necessary in your pursuit of success. Embrace failures and as long as you learn from each of your failure, they are no longer “failures” but experiences that teach you a better way to success.

Therefore, fail often, and fail early.

The more you fail, the more you learn. The earlier you fail, the earlier your success.

Cheers to your success.

Victor Ang

CEO & Founder, Crossbow Consulting Group.

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