A Goal By Any Other Name

Has anyone else noticed that goals are often given names as a way of categorising them?  Here’s a list to get started:

  • Aspirational goals
  • Strategic goals
  • SMART goals
  • SMARTT goals
  • Stretch goals
  • Performance goals
  • Short term goals
  • Long term goals

Have you heard of others?  And what’s the difference between each of them?  In my opinion, there is very little difference between each of the goals other than personal preference and their category of intention.  The question that could be more important to discuss, especially when it comes to work or study, is what’s the difference between a dream and a goal?

People who know me well, know that I’m a big fan of Kikki K stationary and one of my favourite products is their Goals Journal which says “Setting goals allows you create a road map for where you want to go.”  This simple sentence really helps explain why a goal is not the same as a dream.  With a dream, you only know where you want to go – with a goal, you know where you are now (Point A) as well where you want to go (Point B).  If you want to actually achieve the goal, you will also need the road map which is a plan of action that gets you from Point A to Point B.  And really, it’s no more complex than that, no matter what a goal is named.  So, let’s consider a simplified example to see how it works (See the top image)

Obviously, most things in real work or study life are more complex than this but the theory is the same – take time to define what the exact goal is, where you are now in relation to that goal and plan the actual steps required to achieve the goal.  And by the way, I’m not saying that dreams are never important…one of my favourite quotes is:

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.Anatole France

So, what are your work or study goals and dreams? Let us know on Facebook or linked in and we’ll find a prize for the one we like best.

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