Do you remember how you set your goals when you were little?
“When I grow up, I’m going to be a nurse!” “A movie star!” “An astronaut!” “A dinosaur!”
Then you grew up and became a communication professional (not that there’s anything wrong with that). We tend to set our goals the same way we set our hopes and dreams. We plan big—become vice president by age 30! But then you’re passed up for a promotion or your company goes through an acquisition or some other setback occurs and you give up. That’s because traditional goal-setting doesn’t work. We strive so hard to reach for perfection that the smallest setbacks can cause us to stop trying altogether.
The saying goes that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. For many of us, our approach to goal-setting is just that—insanity! I dare you to be different in your approach to reaching your goals with these three steps.
Step one: Discover your direction
Identify and write down your core values first. These are the things that you value most in life; they are your “non-negotiables.” These are the qualities that you will be remembered for. Examples are stewardship, integrity, being family-oriented, health, faithfulness, etc. You must first know what principles guide you and tie your goals to those core values. By defining these first, you can use them as a measuring stick for the rest of our life choices when you are planning to take the next step. And, you should also remember that sometimes short-term sacrifices are made for long-term gain.
Step two: Set goals and strategy to support your vision
Once you have identified your core values,...
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