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tq101: Do you know what your goals are for?
Your Friday Trigger Question... on Thursday
Fast approaching is... your resolution making time!
(If you are one of the growing group of anti-resolutionists, keep reading. There are other wise words as well.) (Is there really a growing group of anti-resolutionists? I have no idea. I just made that up.)
Even if you don't plan to resolve into resolutions, it is always a good idea, and this is always a good time of year, to consider your goals.
So, let me ask you, do you know what your goals are for?
Maybe it will help if I ask it differently. Do you know what your goals are FOR?
We set goals because we think we know what outcomes we want. We think we must do “this” because we want “that.”
Yet, we don’t always think deeply about why we want what we want. Not deep enough to get clear on what we want it FOR. What we will do or be once we have it.
Let me use an example that many of us seem able to relate to: weight loss. Let's assume your goal is to lose weight. Why do you want to lose weight? FOR what reason? To be lighter by weighing less?
If your goal is FOR weight reasons (you don’t want to feel so heavy), then by all means, focus on losing some weight. But if your goal is FOR health reasons, then a focus on weight is too narrow. If you focus on health, you surely already know that weighing less is only one way to become healthier.
Or consider this example. Your goal is to make more money this year. But why? What is the (extra) money FOR? If you focus on the money, you most likely will lose sight of the FOR. If you focus on the FOR, you might find that money is only one way of getting to your FOR.
This coming year, don’t make the mistake of focusing on your goals at the expense of the outcomes you want. Keep your eye on the outcome and you will know when to revise your goals.
And when should you revise your goals? When they no longer serve your FOR.
Your Friday Trigger Question... on Thursday:
Do you know what your goals are FOR?
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