Goal Setting Principles -- Take Ownership of Your Goal

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One of the Most Important Goal Setting Principles: The Power of Taking Ownership of Your Goal

Of all the goal setting principles out there, this one has been the most profound to me. With it, you can achieve anything you go after… without it, you can spend your life wandering around without a clue.

I’m sure every one of us can look back throughout our lives and point out specific individuals who have shaped and influenced us — parents, teachers, mentors and friends can all have a profound effect on who we become as a person.

We often share the same values and beliefs of those closest to us. It’s no doubt, the people in your life have a lot to do with who you are today.

At some point though, each of us must step up and take personal responsibility for our lives. This not only includes becoming personally responsible for your struggles and failures, but also becoming personally responsible for your goals and aspirations.

One of my favorite personal development books is “Put Your Dream to the Test”, by John Maxwell. I love the way this man looks at leadership and goal setting. You can tell by his writing that he is a true student of the industry!

This particular book highlights 10 goal setting principles we should each ask ourselves as we set out to achieve any goal. The very first question was the most powerful one for me…

“The Ownership Question: Is My Dream Really My Dream?”

Wow! What an enlightening question to ask yourself!!

If you’re anything like me, your initial reaction may be something like, “Well of course it is! Who else’s dream could it possibly be?”

However as I continued through the chapter, taking in the examples and examining the questions he had me ask myself, I realized that while a big part of my dream was indeed mine, there were facets within it that were not.

And that needed to change!

You see, you will have a hard time ever achieving a large goal if you are unable to take 110% ownership of it. You must own not only the goal itself, but also the process through which you set out to achieve it. If you don’t, the struggles and missteps that all goals inevitably go through, will be too difficult for you to rally around. You will become too discouraged, and you will quit.

I’ve learned that in any goal you set, your “why” must be powerful enough to get you through every discouraging moment. That is impossible if your “why” is not your own!

So how do you go about discovering whether or not you have true ownership of your goal? Well, I would begin by ordering John Maxwell’s book.

In the meantime, I would encourage you to spend some time thinking about your passions and talents. I believe God gifted us with unique passions and talents for a reason… to use those things as we push forward to fulfill the purpose for which we were created!

For example, I rediscovered my passion for writing, and for connecting with people through the things I write. This discovery gave me the motivation to finish and publish my book project, get this blog up and running again and to reach out to others through my writing.

Spend some time thinking about things you would happily get up and do… every day… whether or not money is involved. If you would not be willing to do what you are currently doing… then chances are that isn’t it.

Discover what you are passionate about. What gets you going in the morning? What keeps you up at night? What occupies your thoughts when they are left to wander? If you can discover that, then you are well on your way!

You can then put your dream to the test and apply some additional goal setting principles using the other 9 questions in John Maxwell’s book. And if it passes the test… rest assured there will be nothing that can stand in your way!

“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definitiveness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and the burning desire to possess  it.” ~ Napoleon Hill 






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