I have a new idea for a game. It’s called King of the Beach. The playing board is a replica of a beach. The ocean is on one side of the board while a beach of sand is on the other. Both areas are marked by squares for movement from one position to the next. Depending on where you land, you may be attacked by a shark, find coins or be asked to leave the beach. The rules are pretty simple. You just roll the dice to determine how many spaces you move.

What is the goal of the game? Well now, that makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Imagine playing a game and not knowing the goal. Life is kind of like a game, and you have to have goals before you can win.

Everyone has goals. Planning on waking up at a certain time in the morning? That’s a goal. Driving to work? Goal. Are you taking a vacation this year? There’s another one for you. The problem is that most people have only repetitive and rather trivial goals.

Where do you see yourself in one, five or 10 years? Have you thought about it? More important, have you planned for it? Unless you set meaningful goals for your life, you’ll probably never achieve what most people consider success. Did you know that 20 percent of the salespeople make 80 percent of the money? Greatness is not achieved by chance. You must accept total responsibility for your life. Once you do that, there are no limits on what you can be, do or have.

Write down your goals.
Right now, write now. Procrastination breeds failure. Take the time to think about where you want to go with your life. This is not rocket science, and you don’t have to write 30 pages. In just a few sentences, define clearly and concisely what you want to do and who you wish to be. Writing requires action, and that is the first step. Be realistic, but don’t “shortchange” yourself. Becoming successful doesn’t just happen. You must prepare for it and take action to achieve it. You can’t move around on the board until you roll the dice.

What do you wish to accomplish with your life? What kind of person do you want to be? Over the next 30 days, I ask you to truly examine your life and write down your goals for success. In next month’s article, we’ll take a look at how to achieve those goals.