Essay Speech on Goal Setting

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You may have heard me say, “It’s better to aim for the stars and miss, than to aim for a pile of crap and hit it.” The original saying is from Michelangelo. He said, “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.”

If someone is going to set some goals, why not set them high? That way if you falter in reaching your goals, you are still further ahead than with not having a goal at all. Let me give you an example of my self. I love to run. Well kind of. Particularly running the 400 meter race (for those of you don’t know, that’s one lap around the track). Now if I said I wanted to set a goal of running a 400 in 70 seconds I could do that. I could go and run
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Peter. Personally, I like to know where I’m headed and what I need to do to get there.

When you set goals, FIRST, do what Stephen R. Covey suggests. “Begin with the end in mind.” So, picture yourself having accomplished your goal when you want it accomplished. There are short term and long term goals. SECOND, be sure your goal is measurable- to see your progression and to know when you’ve completed your goal. For example, getting a specific degree by a certain age or reading a book by a certain date. If you set a time limit on your goals, they are more likely to be reached or achieved because you know you have something to strive for, in a certain time frame. “A goal is a dream with a deadline”. ~Napoleon Hill. THIRD, the goals you set need to be reasonable, high enough that you can stretch and improve, but realistic enough to actually accomplish them. And the final step is to believe in yourself, having faith that you can do it. Practice it. Work at it. Stick with it. Don’t give up! Your attitude is everything! Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t --- you’re right!”

Speaking of Henry Ford, his dream was for every American family to have their own car. Would you say his goal has been achieved? Yeah? There are two other good examples, many actually, but two I’d like to mention. Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison.

Abraham Lincoln was probably

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