I spend more time thinking about goals than most people I know. If you checked out my Myers & Briggs profile, that wouldn’t surprise you. I think goals are fun, even amusing.
(Some of you cringed as you read those words, but you’re probably reading this post because you want to stop cringing and embrace this madness–I’ll try not to let you down.)
I set goals for nearly everything: reading, writing, working out, and (of course) project and career goals. The craziest goal-oriented thing I do: I set leisure goals. I decide how I’m going to recharge my batteries, and make it a goal. Otherwise, I won’t recharge and I won’t be as creative as I could have been. (Moving on from the crazy.)
Here are seven confessions from a goal setter. I hope these seven confessions help you make your goals less boring and more manageable.
- I know I won’t accomplish all my goals from the start. But this doesn’t keep me from believing I can, or will. Anything less than accomplishing all of my goals is a disappointment. Nonetheless, they’re certain failures that I know I can (and likely will, by probability) have to live with. I have a whole philosophy behind this idea.
- I tell everyone my “public” goals. (I have personal goals, like how many pounds I want to lose, that I generally keep private.) This can be an occupational hazard. Many people will decide that they’re not interested in talking to you once you let them know you’re a crazy Type-A who (according to common belief) will try and turn them into one. Once people know my goals, I’m more inclined to accomplish them.
- I often ask people what their goals are. Hearing about the amazing things people want to accomplish inspires me. On several occasions these conversations have turned into opportunities.
- I set a new goal right after I accomplish one. This way I always have something to work towards.
- I learn from the failures along the way to accomplishing my goal. I refuse to let my goals make me naive to reality. The key, though, is deciding that reality is not good enough and that the goals are your ideal.
- I keep my goals simple and strategic. They each have implications for other goals, and they’re each memorable.
- Ship dates come first. When do I want to do this by and what do I want to accomplish, ultimately? What’s the big picture? Until I have a ship date and a big picture, I don’t set a goal. Goals are scopes.
Go write some goals. You will feel better once you do. Have fun. Be outlandish.
What are your goal setting confessions?