comfort zone, to make it Big Hairy and Audacious (BHAG a term coined by Jim Collins) or
SMART (Specific-Motivational-Achievable-Realistic and Time Bound). And everyone also
knows that the simple “trick” of turning your dreams into reality is to take action on a daily
basis using simple steps till you get there.
uncomfortable process that has little meaning or value – so why bother at all? In fact, we
can generally divide people into two groups: Those who can set goals and those who
can’t (or won’t) set goals.
For those of you who can and do set goals – continue doing it and enjoy the fruits of your
efforts. For those of you who can’t or won’t set goals, there are many reasons to just go do it
and this short article is for you!!
Let’s start by looking at reasons why people don’t or won’t set goals shall we? The usual
- Fear of failure (you can’t fail when you don’t have a goal right?), or
- The rigid process of goal setting is too detailed for your liking (you’re a big
- There’s no internal fuel to push you towards your goal (no compelling reason for
the goal), or
- You’re a go with the flow person and having steps is restricting
These are the more common reasons why people don’t set goals and you’ll probably see
some of this in you – or maybe all of it!!
However, goal setting is an important tool to use regardless of your inclination towards it.
After all, a goal points you in a general direction doesn’t it? And aren’t goals like a
compass that leads you to the place you want? And aren’t goals an outlet for the endless
energy you have in you? And doesn’t even a simple goal reduce the uncertainty in your
life? Think about this for a moment and imagine how much better your life would be, and
how much more pleasure you have when you have a direction in life. And setting a goal
gives you that direction!
So for those who can’t or won’t set goals, how about doing this instead? Focus on setting
Purpose Driven Goals that excite you! What’s a purpose driven goal? It’s simply a goal
driven by your purpose in life and not by numbers, deadlines and steps.
Many of you are saying “I don’t know my purpose in life!” and all you need to ask yourself
is what you want to do, be and have in life, and you’ll have a rough idea of what your
Here’s an example. You could say that your purpose in life is to be happy by spending
time helping others, and to achieve your purpose you’ll need financial freedom. That’s an
example of a purpose in life, and it begs the question of just how much money equals
financial freedom for you?
And honestly, you don’t know!
But what happens is that with a purpose driven goal that’s a little broad and big picture,
your brains will automatically rev up and push you when you need pushing, relax you
when you need relaxing, pick you up when you need a pick me up. There may never be a
number value to financial freedom for you and that’s fine as long as you know that your
purpose in life is happiness through financial freedom. You’ll be amazed at how your
brain will unconsciously organize itself to bring you where you need to go!
What I’ve just shared with you goes against conventional thinking about goal setting. But
remember – this article is written for those who don’t like or can’t set goals and goal
setting done this way is just to point you in the right direction in life so that every moment
is spent doing something meaningful and useful that gives you pleasure, joy, happiness
and all good things in life.
Do it now – set a purpose driven goal and excite yourself!