What is a goal?

What is your goal? Is it to read a new book each week? Book ten new clients? Spend more time with your kids? When I first started getting serious about goals setting, my goals were exactly that. They were a list of tasks I wanted to complete - to accomplish. But why? Was I just checking off my list to complete my goal? No. I wanted more. My true goal was something much bigger.

Goals v tasks

When I did my initial goal planning for this year, I wrote down what I wanted to accomplish. I had things like, "Keep my home clean," and "Workout twice per week." I thought, "Won't it be amazing to look back next year and see that I did these things every week for a whole year?" I was looking forward to my sense of accomplishment. 
As the first few weeks went by, I was doing well - staying on track. I started thinking about what doing these things really meant to me. By committing to workout each week, I wanted to make my body stronger. I wanted to stop feeling old and achy. I wanted to build my confidence. I wanted to match my actual self to how I perceive myself - my outside with my inside. My goals weren't actually my goals. Changing myself was my goal.
If you aren't sure if our goals are really goals, ask yourself, "What will doing this accomplish?" The answer to your question is most likely your true goal.

Same destination - Different paths

When you are on the road, there is almost always more than one route to take to get to your destination. Your goals are no different. 
When I started writing out my goals, I wasn't too far off. I'd just started in the wrong place. I started with the path instead of the destination. I thought of the things I wanted to do and before I realized what I wanted to accomplish. 
With your destination in mind, creating the path is easier and more comprehensive. Most goals are not simply accomplished with a single step. Goals take many steps, some in tandem, some in succession. And there are multiple options for the path you can take.
To make my outside match my inside, I can take many paths. I can make changes through nutrition and fitness. I could also visit a plastic surgeon. I have to decide the path I want to take - the one that is right for me.

Mission accomplished?

In event planning, the goal, or vision, of the event is the reason behind the event. It is why the event is happening. It doesn't matter if all the tasks are executed perfectly, if the vision of the event isn't met, the event is not a success. 
The same is true for personal goals. Even if you've completed each action step on your list, if you haven't achieved what you want to achieve, you haven't met your goal. 


Are some of your goals really action steps? How will you rewrite them?
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