The stage is set and it doesn’t get any better than this. Your hockey family together. The best hockey players in the world gathered on one sheet of ice. A nation’s bragging rights at stake. The Gold medal game. Overtime.
Now imagine Team USA and Team Canada playing a mean game of keep-away. No nets. No exciting offense. No breathtaking saves. No goals. Takes the excitement out of the game, doesn’t it?
Imagine basketball with no hoops? Football with no end zone? Baseball with no home plate? Would we engage in sports as intensely as we do if we had no goals, baskets, touchdowns or runs? Do we engage in life without goals as much as we would if we had S.M.A.R.T. goals? SMART goals are:
Specific - Is your goal well-defined? Would someone with basic knowledge of the subject be clear on what you are trying to accomplish?
Measurable – You must be able to determine whether you accomplished your goal or not. Objective, not subjective.
Attainable – Goals must be realistic to accomplish. Set a goal that challenges you but is not out of the realm of possibility.
Relevant – Is your goal relevant to you and your life? If your goal is set by somebody else or is not relevant to your passions and interests, you’ll never do what it takes to accomplish it.
Timely – Set a deadline for accomplishing your goal. Deadlines create pressure and pressure produces results.
Goals are critical to success in any area of life. Remember though that the character you build while pursuing your goals is as important, if not more, than whether or not you actually accomplish your goals. We’ve all heard the expression ‘life is not about the destination but about the journey.’
Goal-setting develops clarity in purpose and focus. The pursuit of goals requires effort, diligence and perseverance. Reaching your goals teaches you how to handle success with humility and grace. Falling short of your goals teaches you how to rise above failure with tenacity and dignity.
If and when you succeed, enjoy the fruits of your labor for a moment and then push yourself to the next level. Don’t let complacency set-in. If and when you fail, get up and try again…and again…and again.
Set your goals and resolve to achieve them with passion and integrity. Just as goals engage us in sports, they engage us in life as well.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.