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​Goals Setting

​Goals Setting

Setting goals

If success is defined as "the achievement of a long range and valuable goal" then success is possible only if you set goals. Any task you are given to do, must be judged as important or not. Meaning: all tasks must be judged to determine to what degree they contribute to the goal.

Goals give the reason for a team's existence

The definition of a team is, "A group of two or more individuals working in cooperation in order to achieve a shared purpose, or goal."

It is the goal that gives the reason for the teams' existence. If there were no shared purpose, no goal, then the team would have no reason to remain together and it would dissolve back into its individual members, each going their own way, each following their own individual goals.

A team is defined by the goal it is formed to achieve

If there is not goal, there is no team.
If there is only a weak sense of goal focus, then there is only a weak sense of team spirit.
If there is a stronger sense of goal focus, then there is a stronger sense of team spirit.
If there is an iron sense of goal focus, then there is an iron sense of team spirit.

Therefore, as a team leader, it is clear that the way to improve the team spirit in the team is to keep talking about the goal.
Keep talking about the goal; what the goal is; why it is important that we achieve it; and how we might achieve it.

What is a "goal" and how is it contrasted to a "wish"?

Question: Is there a difference between a wish and a goal?

Yes.

Question: What is the difference between a wish and a goal?

A wish is simply a flight of the imagination.

You can wish for anything. You can wish that you could live forever. You can wish that you could fly like superman. You could wish that you were the ruler of the universe. But, presumably, you don't have a goal to rule the universe. And you don't expect to live forever.

A wish need not be rational. A wish can be anything.
A goal, on the other hand, cannot be anything.
A goal is more rational, more logical.
A goal is more "this worldly". A goal is a statement of intent. A goal is a statement of desire or ambition.
A goal is a call to action. A goal sets the terms for the plan. A goal is the reason you get up in the morning. A goal is the difference between existing and really living.

Quote from Muhammad Ali:
"It's goals that keep me goin'"

Why goals are so important

Goals are important because in order to live well you must achieve goals.
If you don't achieve your goals, you won't live very well.
Your life is given to you, your success is not.
In order to succeed, you must set and achieve goals.
If you don't set and achieve goals, then you won't be successful.
If you do set and achieve goals, then you will be successful.
And the more you set goals, and the more you achieve them, the more successful you will be.

You are only as good as your goals.

If you have giant goals, then you will make giant plans; you will take giant actions, and, as a result, you will make giant gains, (or losses!). But in any case, you will seem to be more than the average person.

The average person is afraid to set goals.
Many people are afraid to set goals.

Why are many people afraid to set goals?

Many people don't set goals because:

1. They have never given any thought to the importance of goals.

2. They don't want to commit themselves to the effort of trying to achieve a goal.

(They are too lazy or apathetic.)

3. They are afraid to set goals for fear of not achieving the goal, (They are afraid of failure).

They have never given any thought to the importance of goals

Most people have never really given this issue much thought. If you went into town now and asked 200 people, at random, the following question, what do you think would happen: "Excuse me sir, Madam, I doing a survey. Would you please tell me your goals for the next five years, and would you show me your detailed written plans for their attainment?"

What do you think would happen?
They would call the cops. They would say, "Are you some kind of nut?"
Most people don't set specific long range, valuable goals.
Most people are just hoping that things will turn out okay.

They don't want to commit themselves to the effort of trying to achieve a goal

(They are too lazy or apathetic.).

If you set a goal, there is an implication that you are willing to do something to achieve it.
Some people want the benefits of an achieved goal, but they don't want to do anything about it.
So they want money, but they don't want to do anything to earn it.

They want to pass the test, but they don't want to study.
They want to get into better condition, but they don't want to work.
They are too lazy to achieve goals. So they are reluctant to set them.

Many people are afraid to set goals for fear of not achieving the goal.

(They are afraid of failure).

Many people are afraid to set goals because they fear not achieving their goals.
They think that if they enter the contest and don't win, then they would have failed.
And they don't want to look stupid by coming in only second or third or fourth place.

So they don't enter the competition.

So, they stay at home and watch the competition on TV. They spectate. They watch the competitors competing for the top prizes, and "average man" shouts at the TV "You idiot. Why did you do that? That clown is no good. He shouldn't be on the pitch. I could have done twice as good as that!"

Then he goes to the fridge and gets another beer and returns to the couch.

It is important to set long range, valuable and worthwhile goals.

Sit down tonight and set your long range, valuable and worthwhile goals.

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