We all have goals, even if we don’t know exactly what they are. Merriam-Webster defines a goal as “the end toward which effort is directed.” The challenge for most people is this “end” toward which we are directing our effort is often fuzzy and ill-defined.
Yet even when it is not, even when the end is finite, we are often challenged to direct our efforts effectively toward that well-defined goal. This is illustrated each Valentine’s Day at card stores, convenience stores and grocery stores across the country. The date is finite – February 14. The purpose is clear: to express love and gratitude to the one(s) most dear in some sort of tangible way. However, this finite end and clear purpose still produce the line-up of last minute jittery gift-givers frantically rifling through picked-over card displays at approximately 5:15 pm on Valentine’s Day.
Goal attainment it hard. There are many obstacles that can get in our way. Goal attainment becomes clearer – not necessarily easier – the more well-defined the goal is. A well-defined goal helps you say “yes” to the right things and “no” to the close-but-not-right things.
Often the challenge is figuring out exactly what in the world we want. Our secondary goals often get in the way of our primary goals simply because we don’t take the time to truly define what we want for the next weeks, months or years.
Plan it. Put it on your calendar. Spend some time dreaming of a future in which you are fulfilled, exerting effort in line with your passion, waking up excited each morning and spending time with the people who you build up and who build you up as well. One of the first hard questions to ask yourself is, “Am I willing to make the changes necessary to achieve my goals?” When we are exerting effort toward an end, change is inevitable and you must be first, willing, and, second, in a position to make the necessary changes at the appropriate time.
Ready? Willing? Able? Now, what is “it”? Define your goal and take that first step.
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