The Value of Goals

We’re almost at the end of another month and only 2 months away from the end of 2014.  How are you doing on your 2014 goals?  Are you going to reach them, surpass them, not accomplish them, or have they changed over the last 9-10 months of 2014?  For me the year has not been anything I could have expected, anticipated or planned for thus far.

For some people it’s a numbers goal, other people have relationship goals, some people have health goals and some people are a lot less focused and just have “do better” goals.  It’s not bad to have these types of goals, or to accomplish them.  Most of us need to have solid facts and accomplishments to work with, “do better” goals usually aren’t enough motivation for us to do the work necessary to accomplish them.

But the question that we always come back to when talking about setting goals or resolutions is about what we will get when we reach our goal or follow through on the resolution?   What are we really getting by doing what it takes to reach that target?  Are we adding another piece of paper to our wall of certificates, are we creating more work for ourselves, are we adding more money to an already plentiful supply, are we just chalking up another victory because we can?

Success is relative depending on who you are talking to; we each have our own definitions of it.   What I see as success, as an accomplished goal, may look like a mountain or a molehill to you depending on your view of success.  So instead of looking at success as a benchmark for goals, I believe we should be looking at a different measuring point: does this add value to me or the world?

If accomplishing your next goal will add value to your life, go for it.  If your next resolution will make the world a better place, go for it.  If it’s just you doing another something to do another something, and it won’t really add any value to you or anyone else, look for something better.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

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