Going back as early as the 1800’s when the personal development / self help industry started there was a big push and focus on goal setting in the 20th century and rightly so.
Goals and goal setting became the new buss word which helped thousands of people create great and wonderful achievements in their lives on a daily basis. Without goals I am sure both you and I and society would not be where we are today.
Now that the human race is growing, developing and evolving at a very rapid pace have goals and goal setting lost some of their power and effectiveness?
Who are some of the big achievers that surround us or have surrounded us recently? Who are the people that are making a big impact not just in their own lives but causing a ripple effect in many lives around the world?
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa, Howard Schultz, Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella, Larry Page etc… Just to name a few.
The one thing these giants of the world have in common is that they are Visionaries.
They all have a crystal clear vision of how THEY see the world. A vision that they live, eat and breathe 24 hours a day.
Look at Howard Schultz from Starbucks for an example. His vision from the very beginning in his very own words…
“From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a “third place” between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community”.
Starbucks now boasts over 21,000 stores in over 65 countries around the world.
How often do you visit your local Starbucks and enjoy that “third place” between home and work where you can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community? For me it was just 12 hours ago.
Did Howard Schultz set goals, plan and continually work on his goals? I am sure he did but what do you think was the real inspiration and what gave him the energy and passion to follow through on those goals?
His Vision of a better future for the entire world.
What is your vision for your life? What is your vision for your health, career, relationships, neighborhood, society, family, the world…
Create a vision that will empower you to make your life, the lives of those around you and the world a better place. Once you have that vision then use goals and goal setting to create the vision. Keep your focus on your vision not your goals and using goals as a means to an end but not an end in itself.
Your vision is the end result not the goals that you set on a daily basis.
Part of the process when working with my clients is to create with them their vision of how they would like to see the world and then together we bring it into reality through goal setting.
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