Making Goals: In Soccer and Life

Last night, the US Women’s National Soccer Team defeated Japan in a 5-2 victory to win the World Cup, ending the 16-year drought since the last time the women won in ’99. It was the highest scoring women’s World Cup final ever, with 4 of the 5 goals coming in the first 16 minutes. These ladies accomplished a great goal (pun intended) last night and made their country proud.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Alex Morgan’s Instagram

Watching professional athletes compete always gets me thinking about what it must have taken for them to get there, and how different their daily routine must look compared to mine. Aside from natural talent and the hours of practice, I think all elite athletes, all elite professionals even, must have one thing in common that sets them apart from the rest of the population – they are all pros at making goals.

A goal is just a well-defined dream. It is something you work towards every day. You hang it up on your door, you set it as the lock screen for your phone. It is your passion, your motivation, your energy, your prize. I love this quote from author Mark Batterson that says “[destiny] is not a mystery. For better or for worse, your destiny is the result of your daily decisions and defining decisions.” If your destiny was based off the decisions you made today, what would it look like?

If you don’t have a goal, you don’t know where you are going. I’ve heard this saying in one way or another, many times, but I don’t think I’ve truly understood it until recently. Without goals, life can turn into an aimless, mindless routine where you do just enough to get through each day instead of working to set yourself up for future success.

I challenge you to spend AT LEAST 10 minutes a day for the next month doing something, anything, that keeps you progressing towards your goal(s). If you subscribe to The Partner Channel Magazine, you can read my challenge to write an eBook.

If you can change your daily decisions, you can change your destiny. Are you up for the challenge?