If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Our great grandson, Andrew is not quite one year old; and he is going through the “investigator stage.” He can’t walk, but he has no trouble going from room to room, from one thing to another, discovering what the world at grandmother’s house looks like and feels like. One of his favorite investigation sites is the connector box where Poppa has several electronic devices attached. It seems there are a series of blinking lights which really foster a lot of curiosity on Andrew’s part.

Fearing that he might get an electrical shock (or, at minimum, disconnect Poppa’s devices), his grandmother has tried picking him up and turning him in another direction, or diverting his attention to some other activity. However, his fascination with those lights keeps him coming back. Her latest intervention included turning him around and ever so lightly tapping the top of his hand while telling him, “No, No.” Evidently at some point she had also pointed her finger at him as well. Well, Mr. Andrew looks up at her with this really big smile on his face and points his finger back at her as if she was playing a game with him. He just didn’t get the message.

I think there is a very valuable lesson in Andrew’s story. Not for Andrew because he will get the message as time goes on; but for us. Sometimes we are so involved with our day to day activities that we fail to take into consideration our long terms goals and objectives. We tend to let one day drift into another without much thought about the potential impact on our future. Our interactions with others, at home or at work, are affected by the personal goals we have. It is easy to react to difficult situations and difficult people, but it takes planning to simply act appropriately. Life is more meaningful when you take responsibility for yourself.

Goals are significant. They provide the direction you need for your life. Goals allow you to be successful. Without goals you may find you simply shift from one activity to another without any focus or purpose. Don’t assume things will take care of themselves or that they will be taken care of by someone else.

When you set realistic goals and start on the path toward accomplishing those goals, your feelings of achievement, satisfaction, and fulfillment increase. Your feelings of self-worth are reinforced. You will find yourself acting upon situations rather than reacting to them.

---pat Bishop, People & Solutions, Inc. - Learn more - Click here.