An experiment was performed when studying the nature of homing pigeons. During this study, scientists observed that a home pigeon can travel a thousand miles in any direction from its roost and back without getting lost. One scientist decided to do an exercise to valid to prove the validity of the research done. He took a homing pigeon out of its roost, put it in a cage, covered the cage with a blanket, put the cage in a box, and then placed the box into a closed truck cab. He then drove a thousand miles in a different direction believed to have never been travelled by the pigeon. He the open the truck cab, took out the box, took off the blanket and let the homing pigeon out of the cage. It was surprising that the homing pigeon flew up into the air, circled three times, and then flew unerringly back to its home roost. Can you imagine that? The scientists were so much impressed by this cybernetic function of the homing pigeon. Whichever the direction the pigeon travels, it does not forget its home roost.
Moral lesson: When you are absolutely clear about your goal, you do not even have to know how to achieve it. By simply deciding exactly what you want, you will begin to move unerringly toward your goal, and your goal will start to move unerringly toward you. At exactly the right time and in exactly the right place, you and the goal will meet.
Having read a variety of books on Goal Setting, besides understanding the goal setting strategies, I have come to realize that there is no other creature on earth that has this incredible cybernetic, goal-seeking function- except you (human being). Like a computer, your goal-seeking mechanism is nonjudgmental. It works automatically and continuously to bring you what you want, regardless of what you program into it.
In the human life, nature doesn’t care about the size of your goal. The size, scope, and detail of the goals you choose to think about most of the time are completely up to you. If you set little goals, your automatic goal-achieving mechanism will enable you to achieve little goals. If you set large goals, this natural capability will enable you to achieve large goals. But here comes my question, if goal achievement is automatic, why do so few people have clear, written, measurable, time-bounded goals that they work toward each day? This is one of the great mysteries of life. I believe there are eight reasons why people don’t set goals.
1. They think goals aren’t important.
2. They don’t know how to set goals. Goal Setting.
3. They think they already have goals. They have mistaken their series of wishes and fantasies with goals.
4. They have a fear of failure. Failure hurts. It is emotionally and often financially painful and distressing, but if you don’t go beyond your failures, you will always revolve around the same level of success.
5. They have a fear of rejection. Not everyone will support what you want to achieve. Many will criticize you. But have you realized that 75% of the achievements of the most successful figure was due to the intimidations from criticizers?
6. They don’t understand want they want. The greatest need of human beings is for a sense of meaning and purpose in life, for a goal to work toward.
7. They are almost every time thinking of what they don’t want. They are constantly thinking about their problems, their worries and those whom they blame for their failures.
8. They have a fear of change. We live in world of constant change and uncertainty. Most people have the fear of change and are always worrying about the future than any other time in history. Goals act as the direction towards the purpose of our lives. Goals enable you to control the direction of change in your life.
While the Utilitarian theory holds that an action is good if it intends to or if it actually produces the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people concerned, I can vividly state that, you are happy only when you are doing something that is moving you toward something that you want- the goal. So what if you don’t have a goal, you are less likely to be happy (living the life you want). You won’t realize your full potential since your goal-seeking mechanism will be inactive- no trigger- the goal.
You must resolve, from this moment forward, to become a goal-seeking organism, like a homing pigeon, moving unerringly toward the goals that are important to you.