Making Your Goals on Purpose

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on November 24, 2009

As I near my graduation date, I am reminded of the importance of goal setting.  Goal setting has been an integral part of my life through all levels of studies and athletic endeavors, and as I have experienced life, the depth and breadth of my goals has changed dramatically.  As the quality and nature of my goals changed (winning first place at the conference track meet to creating study strategies for learning the nerves of the human body) I realized that they were really rungs on a ladder to my higher Purpose, the self I wanted to create and the world I wanted to influence around me. 

Goals and Purpose are not one and the same- your goals should reflect and strengthen your Purpose, and your Purpose should inspire your goals. If you are looking to define your life purpose to inspire your goals for success, start reading!  Albert E. N. Gray, who has passed away, served as an official of the Prudential Insurance Company of American and became an influential writer and speaker in the insurance world.  He has inspired and challenged me with his words and thoughts.  I wanted to share some of his insights on success, goals, and Purpose with you.

The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful-lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do.  It is true, and just as simple as it sounds. This particular tenet, though not popular, particularly with people who are not succeeding as well as they would like, has stood the test of time and is almost universally true.

So what is it that failures don't like to do?:  The same thing that successful men don't like to do, but successful men do it anyway.  But if successful men don't like to do these things, then why do they do them?  Because by doing the things they don't like to do, they accomplish the things they want to accomplish.  Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results.

Why are successful men able to do things they don't like to do while failures are not?  Because successful men have a purpose strong enough to make them form the habit of doing things they don't like to do in order to accomplish the Purpose they want to accomplish.

But what happens when I'm in a slump?  Even the most successful men get in a slump.  When it happens it simply means that he has reached a point at which, for the time being, the things he doesn't like to do become more important than his Purpose.  Regroup, get centered, recall your Purpose and remember why your goals and hard work are important.

Before you decide to adopt these success habits, please strongly consider the importance of habit to your decision.  Any resolution or decision you make is simply a promise to yourself, which isn't worth anything unless you have formed the habit of making it and keeping it.  Any resolution or decision you make today has to be made and kept again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and the next, and so on.

When habits are made you become the master of yourself and master of your likes and dislikes by surrendering to your Purpose in life.  That is why behind every success there must be a Purpose.  But as long as you live you will never succeed beyond the Purpose to which you are willing to surrender.

Live with Purpose--

Kristen Watts, Chiropractic Intern