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 one lap in 70 seconds right now. So what good would that goal do me? None, right? Now if I said I wanted to run 400 meters in 48 seconds, that’s a lot harder, I could NOT do that right now. But if I trained and practiced to the best of my abilities and desired to reach my goal, I will reach my goal. But if I don’t reach my goal, than all of my training and hard work will still benefit me in my performance, rather than not having even tried at all. Benjamin Mays said, “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.”

There are many unfortunate souls who aren’t goal oriented at all. There may be some in this room right now! But I’m pretty confident that you are all high achievers. But as for those who settle and sit idly by, those persons tend to benefit from the hard work of others and just get by with where they’re at with little or no work at all on their part. They just sit there! Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there. You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt…and who wants to make butt prints in the sands of time?!?!

For those individuals they probably do not have an aim, a goal, or...
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