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is Goal Setting Worth Doing


2013
10.25

Reading most of self improvement type books they seem to revolve around setting yourself goals in 5 or 6 different areas of your life and then working to complete those for set deadlines.

However while this sounds good in theory in practise we all have our natural desires, habits, thoughts which changes our behaviour by the day should we not just follow these instead of artifically trying to manage your life in some contrived goal setting approach where we spread ourselves thinly and try to achieve these goals that we may not want to achieve why not just follow your instincts and passions by the day. But then there the other way of looking at it we waste time and procastinate and without something pushing us then its easy to fall in the habit of doing nothing.

My opinion that goal setting done with proper planning is useful, but often people goal set without have thought out how they will complete it the other thing is often you really have scratch your head to think of goal you’d like to achieve, often you don’t have the skills or knowledge to complete that goal, often goals are not our decision or beyond or control.

For example if you train hard enough most of us could run a Marathon under 4 hours, if your healthy and under 40 then there is no reason why you cannot do that if you set a goal to get promoted at work, well you might achieve that but there lots of other factors at work that our outside your control.

Then the other problem in order to really get anywhere in life you need to really good at something, rather than being OK at lots of things so rather than goal set in many areas with mediocre goals perhaps its best to set yourself one or two extremely tough goals in what your best at to maximise your chances.

I consider myself to have been fairly successful in life. I’m in no way perfect but I have taken advantage of opportunities given to me and I’ve tried my best to stay out of trouble. I’ve made the best of bad situations and absorbed the best of good situations. All along, I did have some goals but they weren’t these dramatic ideas and concepts with grandiose imaginings. They were simple.

“I want a nice home in a nice neighborhood.”

There’s a decent goal in today’s world. It’s short, simple, and sweet. It’s a longterm goal without a bunch of excess baggage. From there, you can simplify the path to attaining that goal.

“I want a job at ‘X place’ so that I can afford to live there.”

Again, simple goal, perhaps a little more attainable in the shortterm (or not, depending on various factors) but, again, it doesn’t throw all the variables out there. It’s just a short, sweet and simple goal.

“In order to get a job at ‘X place’ I need to have experience, degrees, licenses, etc. so that I can be a viable hiring candidate.”

This brings things a little more to the shortterm. It’s still simplistic and realistic. Most longterm goal achievements are a series of shortterm goals. Think of it like a football game. Every once in a blue moon a touchdown (or goal) is achieved by a 100yard kick return. But, by and large, the majority of goals are achieved by consecutive first down plays (some larger than others) until the final goal of a touchdown is achieved.

Just keep moving the ball, so to speak, and you’ll eventually arrive. Don’t lose sight of short term goals (or the longterm final goal) and you’ll eventually succeed.

I consider myself to have been fairly successful in life. I’m in no way perfect but I have taken advantage of opportunities given to me and I’ve tried my best to stay out of trouble. I’ve made the best of bad situations and absorbed the best of good situations. All along, I did have some goals but they weren’t these dramatic ideas and concepts with grandiose imaginings. They were simple.

“I want a nice home in a nice neighborhood.”

There’s a decent goal in today’s world. It’s short, simple, and sweet. It’s a longterm goal without a bunch of excess baggage. From there, you can simplify the path to attaining that goal.

“I want a job at ‘X place’ so that I can afford to live there.”

Again, simple goal, perhaps a little more attainable in the shortterm (or not, depending on various factors) but, again, it doesn’t throw all the variables out there. It’s just a short, sweet and simple goal.

“In order to get a job at ‘X place’ I need to have experience, degrees, licenses, etc. so that I can be a viable hiring candidate.”

This brings things a little more to the shortterm. It’s still simplistic and realistic. Most longterm goal achievements are a series of shortterm goals. Think of it like a football game. Every once in a blue moon a touchdown (or goal) is achieved by a 100yard kick return. But, by and large, the majority of goals are achieved by consecutive first down plays (some larger than others) until the final goal of a touchdown is achieved.

Just keep moving the ball, so to speak, and you’ll eventually arrive. Don’t lose sight of short term goals (or the longterm final goal) and you’ll eventually succeed.

Good post. I, too, have set goals and achieved them. In my younger life I always had financial problems and was never able to own a place of my own. I set that as a goal, and I got it, at age 52. I do the same with other goals. And as GCSTroop pointed out, it takes steps to get thereyou don’t just make a goal, sit there, and wait for it to materialize. However, I believe that setting the goal works in your subconscious to direct you to take the steps you need to in order to get what you need or want.

You also have to make them realistic; for example, “I want a reliable automobile”, not “I want a red Lexus”.

Reading most of self improvement type books they seem to revolve around setting yourself goals in 5 or 6 different areas of your life and then working to complete those for set deadlines.

However while this sounds good in theory in practise we all have our natural desires, habits, thoughts which changes our behaviour by the day should we not just follow these instead of artifically trying to manage your life in some contrived goal setting approach where we spread ourselves thinly and try to achieve these goals that we may not want to achieve why not just follow your instincts and passions by the day. But then there the other way of looking at it we waste time and procastinate and without something pushing us then its easy to fall in the habit of doing nothing. Swiss Replica Watches Replica Watch

My opinion that goal setting done with proper planning is useful, but often people goal set without have thought out how they will complete it the other thing is often you really have scratch your head to think of goal you’d like to achieve, often you don’t have the skills or knowledge to complete that goal, often goals are not our decision or beyond or control. Rolex Submariner Replica Watches

For example if you train hard enough most of us could run a Marathon under 4 hours, if your healthy and under 40 then there is no reason why you cannot do that if you set a goal to get promoted at work, well you might achieve that but there lots of other factors at work that our outside your control. Replica Watches

Then the other problem in order to really get anywhere in life you need to really good at something, rather than being OK at lots of things so rather than goal set in many areas with mediocre goals perhaps its best to set yourself one or two extremely tough goals in what your best at to maximise your chances.

I think that too many people delude themselves by telling them they are special (for if everyone is special, no one is special). It from being told tripe like, can do anything you set your mind to, which is one of the worst clichs. No amount of setting my mind to play basketball like Michael Jordan is going to make me play basketball like Michael Jordan.