We all have the temptation of extending, or rolling over, our goals. The situation usually goes like this: we write a goal, we are at the deadline (if we set any at all), we have not achieved the goal but it is still important. In fact, just as we were getting close to the deadline, we started seeing progress.
This seems like the worst time to drop our goals. So, why write new ones?
Here are a few reasons for writing a new goal:
This may all sound uncomfortable because we are ill-trained to “achieve” goals. But, consider the idea that the “achievement” of a goal is often a measure of how UNambitious we’ve been. What matters is how far we’ve moved in the direction we wanted to go. Goals help us focus, generate movement, and set change in motion.
There are no deadlines for completion, just deadlines to remind us to stop, reckon with the results, and think again.
A ‘goal’ can mean different things depending on how much time we are allotting to it. Let’s have a look at how it all fits together.
A good goal is big enough to drive you and small enough to be actionable. These five questions can help you find the right size for your goals.
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