What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals – Zig Ziglar
Character over Objectives
There is nothing wrong with setting goals for ourselves. Goals are the ultimate motivational tool, provided we have the right incentive to achieve our objectives. Having the right attitude in the achievement of our goals builds a strong character, and gives us the reputation of strength and perseverance. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.”
We have the capacity to be as great as we want to be. Why not strive to be at our best? People depend on us. Our family, friends, and our team members. When we display a strong character, people will trust us. We can be the person on our team that they can count on. They will confide in us when they face a challenge. For our family we could be the shoulder to cry on, if needed.
In order to become that person, we have to start with setting goals, making a plan and working on putting the plan into practice. If our goal is to be a leader in our company, we will work extra hours. Helping team members set, and reach their goals. We dedicate ourselves to volunteer with extra projects.
We put emphasis on making the extra effort to work on ourselves, building on creating the right mindset for success, feeding our mind with positivity, books, audios, and videos. We will become the go-to person in our company, because we gained their trust.
Material rewards are waiting for us when we reach our goal. But one of the things often overlooked, and really never talked about, is the fact through our dedication we became a person with a strong character. Perhaps that is the true prize of our success. The newfound trustworthiness, the new skills we learned, and being the team player that everyone looks up to, is worth more than any material gain.
So what are you waiting for? You are in control of your own destiny, and in setting and achieving goals, the character that you develop is far more valuable than the petty material rewards.
And let me mention again, you have the capacity to be as great as you want to be!