Friday, January 13, 2017

Here's why I think goals are good

There's a lot of people who hate resolutions. They say that setting resolutions is essentially setting yourself up for failure. You fail, and you feel bad. So, the logic is you shouldn't set them. I disagree with this. In fact, I think this is a stupid notion. The idea that setting goals is bad?

It's almost like telling people that the economy right now is as good as it's going to get, that it's the new normal, and we might as well just get used to it. Of course, then Trump comes along and he tells people to think big. He tells people to expect the economy to improve. He set the goal high. And this sort of optimism was a big hit with Americans and helped him get elected. 

I don't want to knock Obama, but he kept telling Americans that this was the new normal. He did. He said this over and over again. He said that we should just be happy with where we are. This was important, as to obtain his goal of giving everyone healthcare, we were all had to make sacrifices. We all had to make less money. Heck, I went five years without even having a raise. 

Then Trump comes along and told us to think big. I mean, he might not be able to accomplish his goal of creating an economic boom, but at least he's going to try. And if he doesn't try, we will not get there. If he doesn't try, our economy will be blah. You can go back to any point in our history and say the same thing. 

What if the founding fathers said, "A war with England will be too bloody, too hard. If we fight and lose, we will feel bad." What if Ronald Reagan said, "It will be too hard to lower taxes and cut regulations. Look what happened to Goldwater when he said that's what he wanted to do. So, I might fail. Why should I try?"

You see. They didn't think this way. They all set goals, and they set them high. Reagan never fully accomplished his goal. Some people were not better off at the end of the 80s. However, many people were better off. They were better off because Reagan set a goal and he kept reaching for it. He worked hard at it. He kept trying. 

Same with the founders. They did not create a perfect nation, but they tried. They created a country that was better than England. They created a country that future generations could make better. They set the goal, and they kept reaching for it. We are still reaching for it. 

Think of it this way. Life is hard. So, are we just supposed to say, "Well, I might fail, so I shouldn't go to college to better my life?" It's too hard. I might fail. I shouldn't take risks, because it might result in me failing. I might feel bad if I fail. I actually think this is why some people hate capitalism, because some people get shoved under the carpet; some people fail. 

Well, think of it this way. If Thomas Jefferson didn't fight for our freedom, most people would still live in poverty. If the founders didn't set a goal, no one would have healthcare except the elites. Their dream, their goal, was not to give people freedom, because they couldn't do that. Their goal was to create an environment where people could utilize their God given freedoms and accomplish any goals they set. This is what embodies the American Dream; what made it possible. What makes it possible. 

Capitalism is the economic system that came out of the founding dream. Sure some people fail, some people remain poor. But, if you go back to the old system, everyone is poor (except for the elites). Capitalism, at the very least, creates an environment where everyone can at least set goals and aim for them. If they fail, they can get right back on the wagon; they can set new goals; or they can just keep shooting for their original goals. 

Sure, you can and should be happy where you are. But that doesn't mean you should be satisfied. Just imagine if the founding fathers decided to just be content with their lives. Okay, so goals are good. Resolutions are good. If you don't set them, you have no chance of succeeding, of making yourself better. However, if you set them, at least you have a chance. 

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