When I worked at an office, the most dreaded week of the year was when we had to take time off from our real jobs to write our “goals” that would be used later for our performance reviews.
The reason no one liked doing this was because we had to use business lingo. It wasn’t good enough to say “complete projects on time,” you had to say something to the effect of “utilize efficient procedures to exceed client needs with appropriate scope and timelines” or some other corporate phrasing designed to sound important.
We spent several hours each year coming up with goals only to put them away until review time when we spent several more hours evaluating our peers using the same corporate language suitable for our corporate goals.
As a result, goals became a hushed word. Dreaded as if they were something to be avoided, slightly irrelevant, or in place to remind you of the areas you need to improve.
In my knowledge about making goals “S.M.A.R.T.” I forgot how to make them matter. Goals aren’t meant to be something to write down and then set away.
Real goals are birthed from passion.
Real goals are something you want strongly enough that working for them is more appealing than taking a hot bath or a nap.
They start from a small glimmer of an idea and grow as long as you give yourself time to think about them.
When it occurred to me how much I wanted to write a book about blogging, something that would be in-depth and helpful, I was taking a shower. That idea would not let go, and I learned to stop telling myself that I needed to wait until my kids were bigger, and I finally started doing a little at a time.
In the middle of the night when I was looking for apartment listings, a small thought occurred to me: “I could look for an apartment in Italy.” That idea took hold, I talked Doug into it, and a few months later we did it.
Life -» Passion -» Goals -» Life
Want a different life? Here’s how to do it:
Those things you’ve been calling dreams? Start calling those your goals.
And those things that you’ve been calling goals? Those are more like New Year’s resolutions: good for your health, but not quite compelling enough. You need bigger goals, captivating ones, audacious goals. The kind you’ll have to take risks for.
Next you need to find other people to surround yourself who are willing to make and go after their own goals. If you don’t know anyone who fits this, then head to the library and start reading books like Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
Stop telling yourself why you can’t do something, and start asking more, “Why not?”