Setting Goals In Life – Part 1
I don’t know many people who enjoy standing still. Don’t get me wrong, I like to have stationary moments every once in a while. I need those special times to reflect and find my center. Times to think about where I am, where I’ve been, and where I need to be. I enjoy a sunset every now and again just because it’s there. But these are moments that I take briefly. Little breathers. The idea of standing still too long is maddening to me. I’m always thinking about how to move forward and how I get to where I need to be. To my next Big Goal.
The Big Goal
Most everybody has them from time to time. They are the things that drive us. They give us purpose. Meaning. And when we complete them, we experience a sense of fulfillment that borders on euphoria. So what kind of Big Goals are there?
Some people go with a quantitative goal, those that can be statistically measured.
- -making a million dollars before you are 40
- -shipping 1000 units of your most expensive product before the end of the year
- -earning a certain GPA so you can go to a good college/master’s program
This type of goal requires a clearly-defined timeline with steps that serve as increments toward reaching the last big goal. You will often find yourself resetting these goals with different numbers based on your previous outcome.
Some people go with qualitative goals, those that are often tangible but difficult to measure statistically.
- -building a larger office complex/warehouse
- -buying your dream home
- -learning a new language so you can travel abroad
These goals don’t have as rigid of a timeline as quantitative goals. However, the planning of your process for these goals requires a lot more time and effort if they are to be achieved within a reasonable timeframe.
There are status goals, those that serve our ego.
- -seeing your company’s name in Forbes magazine
- -graduating Magna Cum Laude
- -being voted president of the PTO
Timelines for these goals are often ambiguous and achieving them often requires help from outside sources (Forbes has to pick you to be in the magazine. Though your achievements can help with that, the decision is ultimately up to them.).
Lastly, there are identity goals, those that tell us who we are and where we are going.
- -choosing a clearly defined mission/vision statement for your company
- -deciding when and if you want to have children with your significant other
- -determining what you are going to do with that degree once you get it
These have a vague timeline for completion and require inner reflection as well as reaching out to others for help.
Look over these four types of Big Goals. Do your goals fit into any of these categories? Maybe more than one? Finding the identity of your Big Goal is the first step to realizing it.
Share your goals and thoughts below and check back tomorrow to learn further about Setting Goals in Life.
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