I know goal setting is something that is talked about all the time and you are probably sick of it. I know I often tune out to so much of the talk about goal setting, because it always sounds like some version of: “By declaring these goals, I will achieve them and be on the road to the perfect life.”
I believe in thinking about our priorities, creating plans, and brainstorming about the future. Thinking about the future and what we want in it helps put us in the right direction. After we set these goals and intentions, it is a bunch of work that actually gets us there.
The work that gets us to our goal is what I want to talk about. That work should actually be the the focus and the goal itself.
Recently I was telling Matt about some goals I had for my business. I was saying, “I hope this number of people participate in the next declutter challenge and I hope that number of people start using my planner this year,” then he stopped me.
He pointed out that I was falling into the age-old goal setting trap. I was trying to control things I can’t control. What I can and will control is the work I can do that gets me closer to the success I want.
My goals are now the things I can do: the work and tasks.
Here, you try it.
What do you want in your life? Now ask the better question … What is the work that will get you there? That’s it, that’s the goal.
I really appreciated Matt’s reminder to make my goals 100% achievable and I wanted to pass it on. I hope it helps you feel more optimistic too.
The picture I used for this post is when my 1st grader crushed his goals for the school fun run. What he wanted: to do at least 35 obstacles. His goal – just keep running and don’t stop. 77 obstacles later, I’d say his goal was on point. 😂