YOU CAN SET GOALS
When I was in my 20’s I was in an organisation with a brilliant personal development program and I needed it. But I was taught that I should set a goal, put a timeframe on it and go for it. I failed miserably at this technique. How could I set a timeframe on a goal if I didn’t know how to get there, didn’t know the steps to take? We are often told what to do but not how to do it.
But I worked in IT and we set goals all the time. Only we called them projects. I also bought, renovated, and sold houses – the renovations were projects. In these cases, my focus was on the Process, the path to the outcome, what I did each day. I call it the path, but it is the journey, the process. The timeframes I set were not set in stone and varied with my available time and resources. Sometime the “goal” would change along the way as I learned more.
I am reminded of a comment in a workshop I conducted where one person told me that they were demotivated once they started to set “goals” because they now had an expectation that they didn’t think they could live up to. Break the goal down into sub-goals and have a process that you enjoy doing. Develop the process into a habit for better results. Be flexible and give yourself space. If it doesn't work, change it.
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