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Friday, December 30, 2011
Are you planning to make some new goals for next year? Do you make New Year's Resolutions? How about setting some milestones or objectives? Do you have a dream or is it all just a wish? Are all of these terms about goals and goal setting the same? Let's take a look.
A wish is something you set with no plan to get it and you do not change your behaviour even a little bit to do anything about moving toward it. Example; you think, "I wish I could make more money!" That is a wish if you do not begin to do anything to move toward it.
A resolution is something you set that you know you need to do this year but you will abandon long before you get close to achievement. Example; you say, "This year I'm going to lose 30 pounds so I can get into the new clothes I bought last year that I was going to lose 30 pounds to get into."
A goal is something you set that you actually have a plan to attain. You might even have it written down if you are really committed to it. A goal has a definite finish line. It is defined so well that if someone asks you if you have a goal for the year you do not hesitate to say so. For it to qualify as a real goal it must have a suspense date. Example; you write "I am a master class golfer by the end of this year."
A dream is the kind of goal that evokes emotion in a person. It's more than just a big goal; it is life defining and something that often requires sacrifice. Example; you dream "Within the next five years I want to wear GB&I on my back competing in a World Championship."
All goals require milestones or objectives to be reached along the way. Setting short term, mid and long term objectives makes the big task manageable. We cannot always foresee the obstacles and opportunities that lay ahead but we can get moving down the road.