Sara El Kareh
It is true that setting goals is very important; however, this importance is exaggerated, not because it is wrong, but because get busy setting the goal and working hard on it, thinking that with setting goals, their mission is done.
Imagine that you are participating in a car race; you wear the costume, get your car ready, go to the start line, and just get back home because, in your opinion, your mission is accomplished already. Many people think this way, and it is kind of funny.
As much as it is important to set a goal, it is also important to get started with your plan and move forward with your plan. Furthermore, the most important of all is to aim for better results and higher success levels throughout your plan’s phases. This is generally correct and crucial, yet it is a necessity to have such objectives as a leader, since you’re the one who has to ensure that these links between the steps are set correctly.
Therefore, setting goals, whether personal or professional ones, is the convenient starting point, but not an accomplished task. When you are setting your goal, you should make sure that it is compatible with your insights, targets and priorities. Without analyzing the whole picture, you won’t be getting your target results.
In the example mentioned earlier, the driver set the goal to go racing. But was he sure that he went to the right race? It might have been. However, being there to race for the world championship would be waste of time and efforts if his goal was racing for his country’s championship.
In other words, when we want to set a goal, we need to know if this is what we want, and align the steps according to this true fact. We cannot succeed if we set a goal without thinking of the steps and without making sure that these alignments are perfect fit for our target.
Starting to align the steps along setting the goal will make your life much easier, the efforts more effective and the results more satisfying.