04/07/2009

Set Your Own Goals

Are you an 'if only' person?
If only I had more money I would be happier ...
If only I had a better job I would have more money ...
If only I didn't have to work ...
If only I could afford a new car ...
If only my boss would give me a promotion ...
If only I had enough to retire early ...
If only ... if only ... if only ...
If you are, then you're probably in the majority. People who long for a better life, more money, better job, but don't know how to set their own goals in order to achieve them.
Because if you don't set your own goals, then who is going to do it for you? It's no good wishing that health, wealth and happiness will simply fall in your lap if you're not prepared to do something about it.
You have to believe in yourself, and believe that you can make a difference to your life and the lives of those around you, and then you have to take action.
Would Nelson Mandela have become President of South Africa and seen the end of Apartheid if he had accepted the conditional release offered to him in prison, which would have meant renouncing his political ideals?
Would we have had Body Shop without the foresight of Dame Anita Roddick? Or the music of Billie Holiday? Or the Virgin empire founded by Sir Richard Branson, who suffered from dyslexia and left school at 16? Would Mohammed Ali have fought the 'fight of the century' or been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom if he had not fought for what he believed in, despite being stripped of his title and his licence to fight professionally?
And so the list goes on. These are people who were NOT born with silver spoons in their mouths. They ALL had to overcome personal issues, illness or hardships, yet they not only changed their own lives, but they changed the world.
There comes a time when we have to step off the shelf that we've been sitting on, choose our own path and set our own goals.
If not, then perhaps we should stop saying 'if only ...'

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