Let me share with you an interesting thought. The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them.
Let me explain:
What do you think is the greatest value in becoming a millionaire? It’s not the things you think it is; Maybe the million nairas? I don’t think so. No, the greatest value is in the skills, knowledge, discipline, and leadership qualities you’ll develop in reaching that high status. It’s the experience you’ll acquire in planning and developing strategies. It’s the inner strength you’ll develop to have enough courage, commitment, and willpower to attract a million naira.
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Give a million naira to someone who does not possess the attitude of a millionaire and that person will most likely lose it. But take away all the wealth from a true millionaire and in no time he or she will build a new fortune. Why? Because those who earn their millionaire status develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to duplicate the process again and again.
As you can see, when someone becomes a millionaire, the least important thing is what they have. The most important thing is what they have become.
Here’s a question you should spend time asking yourself: What kind of person will you have to become to get all you want? In fact, why not write down a few thoughts on this in your notebook or paper. Write down the kinds of skills you’ll need to develop and the knowledge you’ll need to gain. The answers will give you some new goals for personal development.
Remember this rule by Jim Rohn: “Income Rarely Exceeds Personal Development“. That’s why all of us must subject ourselves to self-examination. I often look at my life and ask, “Well, here’s what I want, but am I willing to become the kind of person it will take?” If I’m too lazy, if I’m not willing to learn, read, study, and grow to become what I must become, then I cannot expect to attract what I want.
Now, when faced with a choice, I must decide to either change myself or change my wants.