Goals are not the Goal

One of the main factors attributed to failure, is the absence of clear and measurable goals. However, Anthony Robbins said that:

“Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction.  The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long run.  It’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.”

It looks as if goals are not the end in itself.  When the role goals play gets distorted, you may lack the the sense of fulfillment when achieving your goals.  This is why many people abandon the whole discipline of setting and achieving goals.  However, not setting goals denies you one of the most powerful tools to achieve real success, when used correctly.

Putting Goals in its Right Place

Goals are subject to a predefined Life Plan or Mission.

Setting goals in the absence of a well-defined end picture will bring you nowhere, even if you achieve all the goals you’ve set.  The goal setting process is a very powerful way to focusing your thinking with regards to your ideal future.  This process is subject to this ideal future being created first. Your life mission must be the driving force, indicating the direction you want your life to take.

It is only when you have defined your personal success, with a clear picture of what you want your legacy to be like, that you can embark on the process of goal setting. In this process goals become the plan or road-map you can follow to make your mission a reality. Pursuing focused goals in line with your life mission will incrementally move you towards achieving personal success and fulfillment.

Defining the Purpose of Goals

By making Goals subject to the definition of your legacy, it can start fulfilling its rightful purpose, by assisting you in;

Acting As the Road-map Pointing You to the Destination

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don’t know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter.” Without the focus of goals, it becomes almost impossible to make direction changing decisions. If you do not know where you are going, it does not matter which decisions you make.

Motivating You to Overcome Obstacles

Victory over obstacles and difficulties encountered along the way will eventually lead you to the fulfilment of the desired outcome. Without a clear set of goals aligned to your life mission, your life becomes governed by obstacles. Since there is no good reason to go through the difficulty and sometimes pain to overcome obstacles you will wander from obstacle to obstacle, never really achieving much, aimlessly wasting your life away.

Providing A Yardstick Against Which You Can Measure Progress

In overcoming obstacles and working through setbacks, it is important to be able to measure progress against completed goals. Measuring yourself on your journey against achievement will provide the necessary motivation to keep going. Used for its correct purpose, goals become an invaluable tool for achieving incremental success in our personal as well as public lives. Without goals pointing to the true north of our life mission, is very easy to lose our way.  This leads to living a life caught up in avoiding obstacles resulting in us ending up with unnecessary regrets, instead of success and fulfillment in our lives.

Written by Joseph Hawking

I have a passion for people & leadership development and since I discovered my mom’s old typewriter as a boy, I have written in some form or another.
I started blogging in 2017 and in August 2018, I started The Leadership Connexion with the aim to make the connection between Business, Leadership and Life. My professional experience span across various business disciplines, including Training, Project Management, Human Resource Management and Finance. I have a MBA degree, am co-founder a Industrial Water Treatment Company and lecture International Business at Monash SA University.
I am part of the Leadership for The International Mentoring Network (IMN), South African Chapter, where I am a regular Idea Studio Facilitator and Annual IMN Conference Speaker. I believe that the highest form of living is using what you are blessed with to add value to other people’s lives.

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About Joseph Hawking

I have a passion for people & leadership development and since I discovered my mom’s old typewriter as a boy, I have written in some form or another.
I started blogging in 2017 and in August 2018, I started The Leadership Connexion with the aim to make the connection between Business, Leadership and Life. My professional experience span across various business disciplines, including Training, Project Management, Human Resource Management and Finance. I have a MBA degree, am co-founder a Industrial Water Treatment Company and lecture International Business at Monash SA University.
I am part of the Leadership for The International Mentoring Network (IMN), South African Chapter, where I am a regular Idea Studio Facilitator and Annual IMN Conference Speaker. I believe that the highest form of living is using what you are blessed with to add value to other people’s lives.