Goal Setting Lesson: “Get Your Big Rocks in First” | Celestine Chua
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One day a teacher was speaking to a group of students. He pulled out an extremely large jar and set it on a table. Then he produced about a dozen big rocks and placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone said, “Yes.”
Goal Setting Lessons – Is The Jar Full?
“Really?” he asked. “Let’s see.” He took out some gravel and dumped them in. He shook the jar, causing the pieces to fall into the spaces between the big rocks. He asked the students again, “Is the jar full?” His class was catching on. “Probably not,” one of them answered.
“Very good!” he replied. He brought out a bucket of sand. He dumped the sand in and it went into all the spaces between the rocks and the gravel. Then he asked, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. “Excellent!” he replied. Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and poured it in until the jar was filled to the brim.
The teacher looked intently back at the students and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” One student said, “You can always fit more things into your life if you really work at it.” The teacher said “That’s true, but it’s not the point of this illustration.” He said, “The point is, if you don’t put the big rocks in first…… would you have gotten any of them in?“
Your Most Valuable Goals – The Big Rocks
Big rocks — these are what’s most important and valuable to you. Big rocks are the same as your Quadrant 2 goals. They are your 80/20 destinations. They are the goals aligned to your life purpose. Big rocks are the things that truly matter to you in your life.
Without getting your big rocks in first, they will never fall into place. You can be busy with random day-to-day activities (which are the gravel, sand, and water in the example) and your big rocks will be left at the wayside, never able to enter your life. Read the full story…. personalexcellence.co
This is her “Ask Celes” series where she answers your questions. Today’s question is from Marie-Ann on whether it’s too late to pursue your dreams. Watch for her response to this question.
Goal Setting Success Tips
Goals ensure that you get the best out of life. Whether you want this or not, time will pass in your life. In 1 year’s time, you’ll be 1 year older. In 5 years’, you’ll be 5 years older.
Goals with specific measures and deadlines ensure that you are maximizing your experience on earth. If you have already discovered your life purpose, your goals will help you get the best out of your purpose.
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Celestine Chua started her personal development blog and coaching business that I started in 2008. This her safe haven where she helps others grow and live their best life. Today, it is one of the largest personal development blogs with over a million pageviews a month with readers from over 200 countries/territories.
Through her online courses and coaching sessions, helped tens of thousands of people to achieve excellence in their life, relationships, business/career, health, and personal goals. According to Celes, her purpose is “to help you achieve your highest potential, be your best self, and live your best life.”
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