"One of the main reasons for setting goals is for what they make of you by achieving them."
– Earl Shoaff
Right before Earl said those words to a 25 year old, Jim Rohn, he said this, "Why don't you set a goal for yourself to become a millionaire?" Jim liked the idea. He wanted to become one. He was tired of being broke and living paycheck to paycheck. Earl, then said, "not for the money, but for the kind of person it would make of you to be able to achieve it."
Finally, a quote that summed up what I had felt was the greatest purpose for all of this personal development and growth talk. For me it was the goal of goals.
It wasn't about the carrot at the end of the stick, it was really about becoming a person of character. It was about becoming the kind of person that the world needed me to be and that my maker had designed me to be.
If we can get this order right then we will prevent ourselves from experiencing the grief and greed that can easily entangle. If you try to feed emotional or spiritual needs with material things, all it does is make you hungrier. It doesn't satisfy.
The reason I set goals for myself is because I don't want to waste my life.
And I know that I could! Life can get comfortable and stay that way if we let it. I just want to make sure that all the potential that my maker placed in me is realized before I return to him.
To sum it up, what's most valuable is not what you build or achieve, but the person you become.
Thanks Earl for verbalizing that for me.