Be what you want but have a goal


Goals... we all need them, may we all have them.
 
Some say that writing them down helps them to materialise. Others say that visualising them materialise does the trick. That is all well and good but setting appropriate goal is more important than dreaming (aka visualising) about it. 
 
There are various interpretations on the so-called "goal theory" and about setting "smarter goals" and what they should be, it goes along the lines of:
 
S - Simple, Significant, Strategic
M - Meaningful, Mission-related, Motivated
A - Action-based, Achievable, Advantageous
R - Relevant, Rational, Reachable
T - Tangible, Thorough, Tactful
 
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E - Ethical, Exciting, Enthusiastic, Evaluate
R - … Reachable again perhaps?
 
How nonsense is most of this? What would be a simple, meaningful, achievable, reachable, tangible... goal? Nothing really is that reachable these days. "Reachable", "simple" and "achievable" to me imply "easy", there is no such thing I'm afraid. They also strike me as mild and tame - who and why would anyone like to have a mild goal?
 
I propose new interpretation:
 
 
S - Simple, Significant, Strategic
 
M - Meaningful, Mission-related, Motivated
 

A - Action-based, Achievable, Advantageous


R - Relevant, Rational, Reachable

T - Tangible, Thorough, Tactful
 
E - Ethical, Exciting, Enthusiastic, Evaluate

R - … Reachable again perhaps?

 
Having crossed out majority of the "Smart" goal theory. Let's write a new one:
 
  • Strategic: understanding of what needs to be done for the goal to materialise. Set a bold goal but break it down to smaller goals or tasks.
  • Action-based: putting sufficient and consistent effort in. Putting enough energy and staying motivated throughout. No one will give anything to you and it will not happen by itself. You go and you take it! Be bold, fierce and relentless!!
  • Concentration of force and economy of effort: working "smarter", if something can be simplified then it should be but conversely see below re ethics. Also, if something is not working e.g. a job which is weighs you down or a business with no prospects then quit, shut it down or otherwise cut it off. There is no point dragging something on when it has no prospects.
  • Working ethically and maintaining morale: there rarely is a shortcut, do it properly or not at all.
  • Surprise: Two sides of the same coin, the first in that nothing ever goes to the original plan - see separate post on adaptability. You need to be ready for whatever it is that life will throw at you. Then the second is that you need to be the surprise yourself. What is awesome about my biggest failure is that it completely re-shifted my entire mind-set. I do not do the things that I did few years ago, new habits, new way of thinking, completely different perspective, more efficiency, more hunger, being much more low key about my next move. I have approximately 12 of them. Are they going to all work out? No. And I don't even think about it. What is going to happen is going to happen. Chances are it will be the 13th thing I did not foresee. But the idea I now have is relatively simple they/someone wants me to do X, I go on and do Z or Y (or the rest of the alphabet) a lot more interesting and fund this way, trust me. 


And there we are. No idea if you agree with the new revised "goal theory", it works for me! But I want to give a mention to my Invisible Girl Character I referred to previously in older posts. She is in different industry and very much at a different level (higher) to me. What is amazing is that she is crystal clear about her goal, but indecisive about pretty much everything else aka classic ovethinker, "oh and what if this happens and what if that doesn't happen". To me she is not clear on the way she can get there and very barely adaptable. She focuses on things going wrong rather than seeing other opportunities and possibilities. But! There was a recent development. She finally realised that it does not matter to much that she applies 25 times and gets the same number of rejections. It does not matter that something did not quite went well. What matters is that she goes back and tries again and comes up with a way around the problem. If you don't have experience, you get in the door. Any door. And then look around for something else closer to where you want to be. If you like her have very strict policy on who you want to work for then, get in somewhere/anywhere first and work from there. Keep moving forward, that is all that matters!














 

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