Setting Goals Won't Get You There

15 Mar 2018

 

I’ve never liked the idea of setting goals. 

 

Even as a professional in the sports industry, working with athletes I always found the exercise around setting goals pretty limiting. 

 

The problem with setting goals is you get attached to the idea of a very specific outcome. 

 

Sure the outcome is important, but the very definition of result means it’s the end product of some kind of process that preceded it. 

 

For example, this can be said to be a result of that. 

 

That is, you do something and as a result of a particular process (or performance), there is a consequence or particular outcome.

 

With the focus so much on goals, it’s easy to lose site of the process and it’s in the process that the magic happens. 

 

Instead of ‘goal setting’ I use the word mapping. 

 

Mapping is a way or orientating your life in a way that allows you to move in a particular direction and approach things in a particular way. 

 

It’s about understanding your landscape and navigating your way around it with greater confidence.

 

It’s about understanding what you can and cannot control.

 

It’s about making decisions on the go that are aligned with your ‘big picture’.

 

It’s about getting your priorities straight and acting accordingly.

 

Ultimately it’s about a complete shift in lifestyle and knowing that by doing the right things, you increase the likelihood that the right outcome will be achieved. 

 

This doesn’t mean that I don’t have things I want to achieve, but that’s not where my focus lies.

My focus is always on doing all the little things that I know are important. 

 

It’s living now, without losing site of the bigger picture. 

 

The thing is, even with the best of intentions and the greatest of efforts, sometimes the result is out of your hands. 

 

All you can really control is what you do, how you respond to things and your own process. 

That’s where I always recommend people start.

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