Rather than goals, you should focus on your actions instead.
It really pissed me off, because I knew the author was only writing that to be controversial for the sake of it….and, I would hate for her readers to take it to heart.
The problem here is the exclusive mindset. That it has to be one thing or the other.
We need to replace OR with AND.
Goal achievement is a process of steps. Just like goals are not a destination, neither is setting of goals.
You need goals AND you need to take action. Setting a goal is simply the first step by starting with the end in mind.
I ask you….If you don’t know where you are going (what your goal is), then how do you know what actions to take?
In the story of Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes across the Cheshire Cat at a fork in the road. Alice asks the Cheshire Cat which road she should take. The cat replies, “That depends a good deal on where you want to go to.” Since Alice doesn’t know where she wants to go and tells the cat she doesn’t care, the Cheshire Cat wisely responds, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go!”
So you want to be clear on your destination. The more inspiring it is, the more likely you will stay on track to arrive there. The inspiration of your goal, or even your vision, will help you work out the roadmap to get there and will help you overcome obstacles that come in your way.
Goal achievement is a process.
- Get clear on what you want and write it down. Visualise it.
- Take inspired action – this means acting on the opportunities that present to you that align with your goal; it means making daily actions that will get you closer to your target, and it often means acting outside your comfort zone. To achieve bigger goals then you have before, will take some courage to do what unsuccessful people choose not to do.
- Stay focused – avoid and eliminate distractions. The better you are at this, the quicker you will reach your goal(s).
- Keep Evaluating and Re-aligning yourself to stay on track towards your goals. Know ahead of time what measurements will let you know you are achieving your goals, and set sign posts to mark the way.
- Be Flexible – be resilient to opposition and resistance along the way. The more flexible you are, the more you are able to go with the flow and change direction as need. When you are flexible, you are open to finding alternative ways to achieve the same objective.
I’m hoping that you achieve your grandest goals in the coming year. But, when it comes to your own goals, you need to do more than just hope. Think about it – when you hope, it leaves things a little to chance. When you intend, and when you commit to achieving your goals, you are more driven to do the things that it takes to make them happen.
Have a fantastic year, I am here to support you to being a successful and inspiring leader in business and speaking.