The first time I heard that iconic “GOAL!!” while listening to a football game (no, not the American kind – the round ball, known as soccer kind) I loved the sound, the feel of it.
For some reason it sounded better to my ears than “SCORE!!”; maybe that was too entrenched in my lost years addicted to drugs.
Imagine how incredible it would be to know that you’ve achieved one of your long-time goals and suddenly there’s the announcer – “GOAL!!” and a flash mob wave starts up and balloons are let loose and…OK, a bit much but maybe once in a while it would be cool.
Most, if not all, of us struggle with achieving our goals and I believe one of the key reasons (yes, there are certainly a number of reasons) is that at times we don’t differentiate between goals and outcomes. Semantics? I don’t think so.
Here’s a pretty common goal: I will lose 30 pounds before I hit the beach in Hawaii for my vacation. Sounds good (especially the Hawaii and vacation parts). But the reality is that this isn’t truly a goal; it’s the outcome of achieving other goals, putting in place actions/activities that will result in the weight loss. I can prove it – OK, so ask anyone you know with the most awesome abilities of self-control, self-actualization, willpower, mind power, what have you and challenge them to lose 30 pounds. I’m pretty darn confident that once they accept the challenge they won’t lose an ounce, let alone 30 pounds. I do believe however that they might look at how many calories they’re currently consuming, weigh themselves, change something about what or how they eat, work out or work out differently, etc. They will have taken actions that will result in (well, could result in) losing that weight.
And this is why we often fail to achieve our goals and even why we see many goals as being so daunting.
I invite you to take a look at your goals and see if you’re truly giving yourself a real opportunity to succeed.
What is your best goal-seeking story? Do tell…