Are You Not Setting Personal Goals Due To Uncertainty?

by Brad Isaac on May 17, 2008

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.  — Erich Fromm

What is certain in your life? 

Is your job going to be there Monday?  Will your friend be there tomorrow?  Or you – what guarantee is there that you will be here tomorrow? 

After all, there are no guarantees in life…

I don’t mean to sound bleak.  I’d bet it all will be here tomorrow as expected.  But sometimes it just isn’t.  Sometimes a job doesn’t work out.  Sometimes people leave or pass on.

Put another way, there is no real certainty in life.  We expect things to be a certain way tomorrow, but then the unexpected happens.  An Enron fiasco puts 22 thousand people out of work.  A car accident takes a life.  Or your spouse wins the lottery – sometimes good unexpected things happen too. :)

But the uncertain is why I value personal goal setting so much. 

We all have to take risks every day of our lives.  Even crossing the street is a risk some don’t survive.

Since we are taking risks anyway, shouldn’t we take the risks where we have the most control?  To risk crossing the street is to trust that everyone else does what they are supposed to do.  Otherwise we get run over. 

To set a goal and work the steps towards it’s accomplishment is to trust that one person does what he or she is supposed to do.  And that one person is you! 

Do the math.  The odds favor the person with goals astronomically. 

Yes, there will be uncertainties.  But all of life is uncertain.  Therefore, shouldn’t we face the uncertainty of our own dreams? 

There’s a saying that pioneers get the arrows.  But we all know it isn’t only the pioneers who get them.  Someone completely devoid of goals could get mugged or have their house hit by a tornado. 

Since all life is uncertain, turn your attention toward your goals and dreams.  It might just turn out to be the most certain route.

I’d recommend to those who haven’t yet done so, to take some time now and big list your goals.  Make a plan for your life.  Face that there will be uncertainties

.  But you’re dealing with the unexpected anyway, so what’s the difference?

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Dan May 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Great article.

As Tony Robbins says, you know you have set the right goal when it seems impossible but at the same time you get a sense of crazed excitement just at the thought of achieving it.


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