Have you given up on goal setting?
Probably a hundred times.
Okay, that might be a teeny exaggeration. But not much.
Fewer things inspire me and frustrate me as much as goal setting.
I get all excited about the newest insights and gurus and strategies. Inevitably I’ll end up frustrated and disillusioned.
I’ll wonder if it’s worth it to keep setting goals and how I can do it better.
But, here I am again, giving it another go and believing there’s a way to make it work.
Why you shouldn’t give up on goal setting
- Because you need it to accomplish the big things. It’s the big goals that always seem out of reach. Breaking down those big goals into bite size chunks is critical. It’s one reason why we never achieve the big goals. Because breaking it down step by step and then following through is simple but definitely not easy.
2. Because you can keep tweaking your goal setting strategy and make it work for you.
I’ve been learning from Ruth Sukoup’s “Crushing it” goal setting strategy. She identifies some missing steps that I tend to skip over, such as determine why this goal is important to you, identify potential obstacles and plan to celebrate when you hit this goal.
Implementing these tweaks, especially with practice, yields encouraging results.
3. Because we lead highly distracted lives. Without goals it’s extremely difficult to stay focused.
I’ve been hit on all sides this week with the importance of focus. It’s true. The prize will always go to the ones who can stay focused.
4. Because if you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Failing to hit a goal is better than not setting goals.
Not hitting goals is discouraging. It makes you want to stop setting them. But life is too precious to waste drifting.
Let’s face it.
Some parts of your life are working great. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Then there’s the messes.
Or the untapped potential.
Or unrealized burning desires.
Or the castles in the air that you wonder if you could really build.
That’s where the power of goal setting comes in.
There’s more. You know it. If only you knew how to get there.
Don’t give up. Give goal setting another go.
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