GOALS: Set your eyes on the prize
The purpose of a goal is to give you focus, direction and a sense of urgency. Thoughts and beliefs set the stage for action, but goals release the energy. Although many of us perceive goals as the finish line to a plan, goals actually get us moving with purpose and energy. Without purposeful direction, we can easily succumb to unfulfilling desires like binge-watching Netflix.
Choose a goal that is truly meaningful to you. This is super important. It cannot be someone else’s goal for you. Be intentional. By setting goals, you begin the process of achieving your desired results. You put into action a process to get productive, not busy. There is a big difference between being productive and being “busy.” Identify why you’re doing what we’re doing with your 168 hours each week.
Goals remind you of what is most important in your life. They are your eyes on the prize. Voicemail, email, fax, phone calls, internal memos, shouts over the cubicle, or office drop ins disrupt our work constantly. How do you know who to respond to? How do you stay focused? Goals and intentions keep you on track. They tell you to put the phone in ‘do not disturb’ mode, close the door, and schedule YOU time.
Exemplary leaders make sure that work is not pointless, but purposeful and meaningful. This very act helps people feel more alive, more in charge, more significant. Goal setting affirms who you are, and whether we realize it or not, it contributes to how you perceive yourself. The goals you choose to pursue will shape and determine the kind of self you will become.
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