It’s pretty standard fare here on TECC to espouse the benefits of setting goals. The reason we come back to goal setting over and over is because it works. Goals:
- Define a future intended situation.
- Focus resource application.
- Highlight what is important.
- Can help bring what we want most in life into reality.
Goals can be great, but for some people they can be useless. Not everyone operates according to goals and it’s only been in the past few months that I’ve come to realize this. It’s not that goals don’t accomplish the items listed, they simply don’t inspire.
And for some people, goals can actually keep them from achieving what they want.
The reason is that the goal – especially if it’s of the big, audacious type – can become intimidating. In these situations, instead of putting one’s head down and pushing through, the shields go up in a defensive measure to keep the intimidating work away. Procrastination, stress, and a lot of other negative coping mechanisms kick in.
Not the best way to move forward in one’s career or achieve the level of personal success sought.