Can we look into history to understanding the secrets of achieving your goals? Aristotle is regarded by leading historians as one of the greatest thinkers in the history of western science and philosophy. Having made significant contributions to logic, metaphysics, mathematics, physics, biology, botany, ethics, politics, agriculture, medicine, dance and theater, his works and impact are still felt today. Aristotle was a student of Plato. Plato had studied under Socrates.
Aristotle was the teacher to Alexander the Great, mentoring the greatest general is history.
Aristotle was to be felt through the centuries. Even the medieval outlook on life is sometimes considered to be the “Aristotelian worldview”. The historical and religious leader, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274), simply refers to Aristotle as “The Philosopher” as though there were no other. St. Thomas is still held in the Roman Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology. The study of his works, according to papal and magisterial documents, is a core of the required program of study for those seeking ordination as priests or deacons.
Aristotle was the founder of the Lyceum, the first scientific institute, based in Athens, Greece. Along with his teacher Plato, he was one of the strongest advocates of a liberal arts education, which stresses the education of the whole person, including one’s moral character, rather than merely learning a set of skills. According to Aristotle, this view of education is necessary if we are to produce a society of happy as well as productive individuals.
Aristotle’s Lesson On Achieving Your Goals
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle
When we analyze his words, I believe that we must examine some crucial factors.
In his first point, Aristotle uses the terms “practical” and “ideal”. We are to set a goal that upholds an Ideal that is practical. In other words, an ideal situation which we can practically work towards and reach. Aristotle believed in reaching an ideal that could pragmatically achieved.
On the second point, one must have the systems, objects and know-how in place in our possession before we set out on that goal. Again, pragmatism. On the third point, you adjust and utilize those factors so as to reach the goal. Organization of resources has value only when they are utilized efficiently to get us to our stated goal. These are great insights in regards to achieving our goals in any endeavor.
To simple? I say, very powerful.