Manage Your Vision With Goals

Manage Your Vision With Goals

Around this time of year, in an effort to claw for attention and relevance, there is an assemblage of “gurus” preaching about how goals are too limiting, and only small people use them. It is common for people to mix definitions; one person’s strategy is another person’s tactic. Some treat objectives like vision statements, and some tear apart the cliché SMART goal system for cheap thrills. Regardless, this collection of pedantic bros considers the goal insignificant compared to the vision.

Insert eye roll here.

Your vision can be as grand or small as you’d like, but there’s no way you’ll achieve it without a goal. A goal is the management of your vision. A goal may not be as sexy as a vision, but it is essential. Why? Because you can’t plan for luck, and wishes don’t work.

Incidentally, if you are in a camp that believes wishing does work, I challenge you to keep a journal for 45 days and list all the things you ardently desire.

  • On the 46th day, read your list and place an X next to the wishes that haven’t come true yet.

You will probably have many Xs. Don’t feel discouraged because you can turn items with a checkmark next to them into, wait for it, goals.

The goal isn’t the only tool available to you, though it is a crucial part of your success in any endeavor.

Wrong goal, wrong result.

Vague goal, vague result.

Small goals consistently achieved, trump grand visions not acted upon.

Ignore those who belittle your goals. You’re already bigger than them. Stop letting mediocrity disguised as effort get through with a shrug. Let’s assume you want your actions aligned with what you say you want to accomplish. A simple word to describe that is integrity. Let’s explore yours by reviewing your one great goal from last year.

  • Pull your great goal out and look at it. You did write it down, right? As much as 70–80% of the people you know don’t write their goals down.

If you are still happy with your goal, good for you. I’m excited about the success you’re experiencing. If you see things you need to tweak with your goal to make it stronger, do that now so you can manage better, lead well, and become a confident, competent leader in your field.


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Boston-bred and California-chilled Leadership Adviser | Writer | Podcast Host who helps busy professionals who want to manage better and lead well.