The Old Testament teaches: “Where there is no vision, the people perish:” (Proverbs 29:18)
There are as many ways to realize your dreams as your imagination can create. Obviously, some routes are better than others. But like building a house, or taking a long vacation, to get the most out of it, you need a detailed plan, or a vision, of where it is you’d eventually like to end up. The best way to do this is through the process of setting goals.
Before you groan, because you’ve heard all your life about the importance of setting goals, and maybe tried it with little or no success, you need to learn to set goals the right way. Setting goals the right way captures your vision and channels your efforts towards Being and Doing what you really love.
Henry Ford had a vision that he could change the way the American people lived. He loved building cars, but thought it was a shame that the people who built the cars couldn’t afford to buy them.
People thought he was rather eccentric when he announced his goal of developing a way to cut the price of his new automobiles so that his factory workers could buy them too.
Ignoring criticism, Henry went to work, designing the first ever assembly line, bringing the amount of production up, and the cost down, and achieved his goal. The simple act of accomplishing a goal really did change the way average Americans lived, opening up a whole new avenue of life — being able to travel farther, faster.
Successful people begin with well established goals, a clear vision of where they want to end up. Goals act as a guideline or blueprint which direct and focus your efforts towards success. They can be an extremely powerful tool in your life if used properly.