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success is never accidental

Success is never accidental. In other words, it won’t just drop in your lap. Having goals in life will give you the purpose and drive to accomplish something truly valuable.

Having a goal keeps you on target. As author Bill Copeland says, “Without a goal, you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Or, even worse, you’ll hit the wrong target.

Matt Emmons won the Olympic gold medal in rifle shooting in 2004. Four years later, he was set to win another gold medal in Athens, Greece. He had a commanding lead going into his final shot.

But something went wrong — he hit the target, but he was aiming at the wrong one! That one misplaced shot dropped him from first to fourth place and cost him a medal.

In order to achieve your goals, it’s important to write them down so you can fully envision your map to success. Research has shown that the mere act of writing down your goal dramatically increases the likelihood you will reach that goal.

If you want to put success in motion, then your goals must move from your head to paper – or iPad! The clearer your goals become, the greater your motivation will be to reach them.

As someone has rightly said, “Nothing is dynamic until it is specific.”

What specific things are you aiming for? How will you know if you’ve hit the target?