“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Confucius
Ahhh….once again Confucius hits us with a quote worth talking about! Who is this guy? He’s pretty sharp! If you’re wondering who Confucius is, visit History of Personal Development as soon as you’re done reading here.
Confucius is verbalizing the most important aspect of goal setting. That is the fact that there is virtually no goal too great to achieve and the only thing standing between you and your ultimate goal is the action you are taking.
So, how do we change our actions? The action part sounds like “work” OUCH! I’m happy to tell you that the physical work part is very low on the priority scale in this case. Don’t get me wrong, the work needs to get done but, it’s the work on YOU that will change the results. Let me explain:
We change our actions by fundamentally changing the way we think. Our actions are an expression of how we view the world and how we view ourselves. In order to improve your results and achieve great goals you must start building self confidence and you must improve your attitude.
What does attitude have to do with goal setting?
Goal achievers are very careful about how they choose their thoughts, goal achievers choose thoughts that are fundamentally in line with their goals. You can either accept thoughts from the outside world, most of which are not in line with your goals, or you can become consciously aware of what you are thinking about at all times, this is how you can choose your thoughts.
Your thoughts create your feelings, your feelings create your actions and (most importantly) your actions create your ultimate results and obviously your results are those goals.
Your attitude is the composite of your thoughts, feelings and actions.
The only way you are going to achieve great things or accomplish great goals in your life is to take full responsibility for your attitude. James Allen made a great point he said the people are anxious to improve their circumstances but they are unwilling to improve themselves, therefore they remain bound. I think Confucius would agree.
If you have a favorite Confucianism post it below! I would love to hear it and discuss it with you!
To your success,