The Headmaster, Teachers, PTA Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen
Your PTA Chairman must have had his reasons for inviting me here today. I had my reasons for accepting. You can’t argue with him, can you? Like most of you, I love a challenge. I made coming here, my goal. I wrote down my goal and began to plan my trip. I thought long and hard, what I would say and how I could influence you all, positively. Last week, the goal posts changed – Idd ul Fitr, yesterday, was declared a public holiday. I didn’t cancel my goal, I merely postponed it. You decide whether I am successful, in scoring my goal, at the end of my talk.
Success is goals and everything else is commentary. Your life only begins to become a great life when you clearly identify what it is that you want, make a plan to achieve it and then work on that plan every single day. Most great teams have great coaches who understand the power of goal setting.
Playing football and rugby, both of which I have done at School, Club and National level have taught me many lessons in goal setting and scoring, some of which, I would like to share with you.
- Decide exactly what you want in every key area of your life. Right now you may not be able to make all these decisions yourself. Trust me, you do not have enough experience, Ask your parents and teachers to help you decide about your career path, your future income, family and networth when you eventually retire. Much like playing football. You could be a Victor Wanyama but you need coaches and mentors. I know, I still have mine.
- Write your goals down …..Make them clear, specific, detailed and measurable. Only 3 % of adults have written goals and 97% of adults work for the 3% with written goals.
3.Set a deadline – Your subconscious mind uses deadlines as “forcing systems” to drive you, consciously and unconsciously toward achieving your goal on schedule. If your goal is big enough, set sub-deadlines. If you are in Form 1 and want to be in the School football team by Form 4 set a deadline for achieving the milestones or mini- goals that will take you there. If you don’t achieve your goal by your set deadline set a new one, There are no unreasonable goals, only unreasonable deadlines.
- Identify the obstacles that you will have to overcome to achieve your goal. 80% of the reasons that are holding you back from achieving your goals are inside yourself. They are the lack of a skill, a quality or a body of knowledge. Only 20% of the reasons you are not achieving your goal are on the outside. Always start with yourself.
- Identify the knowledge, information and skills you will need to achieve your goal. Especially, identify the skills that you will have to develop to be in the top 10% of your field be it football or life. What one skill, if you developed and did it consistently, in an excellent fashion, would help you the most to achieve your most important goal? Whatever the skill, write it down, make a plan and work on it every single day.
Now I want to tell you a story. In all schools football teams don’t like doing work-outs because they are boring and repetitive exercises. Learn to be content when doing these because they are preparing you for greater glory on and off the pitch. You have heard he story about three people called Anybody, Somebody and Nobody. There was a job which Somebody should have done because anybody could do it but n the end nobody did it—–the job was undone and the goal was delayed. Which one of the 3 are you? ….Most of us end up as nobodies because we refused to move from Anybodies to Somebodies. Set your goals now and work your plan. Back to goal setting…..
- Identify the people whose help and cooperation you will require to achieve your goal. To achieve big goals you will have to have the help and support of lots of people. These will be people from all stations in life. One key person at a certain time and place in your life will make all the difference. The most successful people are those who build and maintain the largest networks of other people whom they can help and who can help them in return.
- Make a list of everything you will have to do to achieve your goal. List every single step that you can think of that you will have to follow to ultimately achieve your goal. As you think of new items, add them to your list until your list is complete. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You can build the biggest wall in the world one brick at a time.
- Organize your list into a plan. You organize this list by arranging the steps that you have identified by sequence and priority.
Sequence – what do you have to do before you do something else, and in what order?
Priority – what is more important and what is less important? The 80/20 Rule says that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your activities. The 20/80 Rule says that the first 20% of time that you spend planning your goal and organizing your plan will be worth 80% of the time and effort required to achieve the goal. Planning is very important.
- Make a plan. Organize your list into a series of steps from the beginning all the way through to the completion of your goal. When you have a Goal and a Plan, you increase the likelihood of achieving your goals by 10 times, by 1000%!
■ Plan each day, week and month in advance.
■ Plan each month at the beginning of the month.
■ Plan each week the weekend before
. ■ Plan each day the evening before.
- Develop the habit of self-discipline. Once you have decided on your most important task, resolve to concentrate single-mindedly on that one task until it is 100% complete. Your ability to select your most important task and then to work on it single-mindedly, without diversion or distraction, will double and triple the quality and quantity of your output and your productivity. This means that when you start with the task, you avoid all distractions and stay with that task until it is done. Once you have developed the habit of completing your tasks, you will earn two and three and even five times as much as other people.
We are moving into a political season and many candidates will want to use you, if you do not have a plan. Make a plan and if it doesn’t include them stay well away from them. School boys are burning schools simply because they are not allowed to watch football matches. If watching every match late in the night is not in my plan then I do not have to watch them. I can watch a recording of the match later. I want the best for you. Some of you will be excellent sportsmen – many will not. You can all be successful. I have learned over the years from schools, Universities, playing fields, dental clinics and in managing people that success comes to those who set goals, write them down, make a plan and then a list and do everything on that list. Success comes in those who have faith, hope and love in and for others. You are your neighbours keeper. Be a go-giver not a go-getter. May you achieve all your goals and still remain humble for the greater glory of God and your country, Kenya.