Achieving Your Goals in Life: 4 Lessons from Messi

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Goals are a very integral part of our lives. Whatever your goals are; getting a job, improving your skills, volunteering, getting married, raising family or even trying to keep fit, knowing how to set and achieve your goals is very important.

If you’ve been actively involved in the football world over the last decade, I suppose you would have witnessed some of the best footballing moments thanks to one of the world’s most prolific sportsmen – Lionel Messi. His mesmerizing dribbles, swerves, nutmegs and precision in front of goal even in the most inconvenient positions is something that has got the whole world scrambling for explanation.

Indeed, we have simply run out of adjectives to describe the diminutive striker. In the just concluded 2014/2015 season, Messi has racked in 58 goals in 57 matches; that’s over 100% goal efficiency.

So what can we learn from Messi in setting and achieving our personal, family, career and related goals? Here are 4 quick lessons:

1. Be clear on what your goals are

Let’s face it, if you’re going to achieve any goal, you should as a rule of necessity have one and be clear on what it is. Whether it is to enroll in a certification programme to improve your skills, get a new job, or even stick to your fitness schedule, you must clearly define the goal; why that goal, and what does success or failure mean? Is the goal SMART?

Messi’s goal was simple: to be a professional footballer. While no one – not even Messi – may have envisaged that he would eventually be the best footballer in the world, plans were put in place to help him become a Professional. He enrolled in an academy in his native Rosario in Argentina before FC Barcelona brought him to the Catalan capital to continue his development.

2. Be aware of your limitations, but don’t let them stop you

Messi had quite a number of limitations which stood in his way of becoming the greatest football player that he is today.

At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Although, a local team in Argentina showed interest in Messi’s progress, they were not willing to pay for treatment for his condition.

FC Barcelona were informed about Messi’s talent by his relatives in Lleida in western Catalonia and Messi got a trial with the team. Rexach, FC Barcelona’s Sporting Director, with no other paper at hand, offered Messi a contract written on a paper napkin. Barcelona offered to pay Messi’s
medical bills on the condition that he moved to Spain. The rest is history.

3. Stay focused; keep your eyes on the ball

While a lot has been said about Messi’s pure football talent and some luck, it is pertinent that we examine his life on and off the football pitch. Messi played Barcelona’s junior team starting year 2000 and consistently improved his play scoring previously unthinkable number of goals. Today Messi holds the record of 91 goals, the highest in a footballing year.

Messi’s work ethic is excellent and he continually seeks to improve on his game. Earlier in the just concluded 2014/2015 season when Messi performed below his normal best, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner changed his diet: no more processed food and he replaced it with foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre contained in whole grains, fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil.

He lead his team to an historic treble scoring 58 goals in 57 matches.

4. Celebrate your success and move on!

Messi led his team to an historic treble in 2014/2015 season winning the Spanish La Liga, Spanish Cup and the UEFA Champions League. It doesn’t get better than that. The team celebrated in Berlin and continued at the Catalan capital.

But guess what, next season is here and the successes of this season will count for nothing if Messi and his team mates at Barcelona fail to win a major trophy. Barcelona has signed another player to bolster their ranks and Messi will be joining the Argentine team for the Copa America. They both have moved on and so must you.

Celebrate achieving every goal but don’t dwell too much on it, move on!

Like Messi, Dan Marino, one of the greatest quarterbacks in American football history, serves as an example and inspiration for achieving life’s goals–not only those that relate to our career but also those who relate to our health. After Dan retired from playing football, he started gaining weight. He knew that the older one gets, the more difficult it is to lose weight. He gained 22 pounds but he lost all of them through Nutrisystem. What is Nutrisystem?  It’s  a proven weight loss program as this post explains. Nutrisystem helped Dan not only lose weight but keep it off until today, 6 years later. This allowed him to look his best in his job as a TV analyst. Like Messi, Dan recommends that we have clear goals, stay focused on them, and celebrate every win and success.


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