Why Bother With Long-Term Goals?

When leading goal-setting workshops, I often begin with participants taking time to share their bucket lists with a partner and, if I can get them to do it, with the broader group.  Whether people have taken the time to really think about the things they want to accomplish before they “kick the bucket’ or not, everyone is able to come up with experiences, accomplishments or things that they want.  Why do I start here?  Because these are long-term goals and long-term goals have a lot of power.

How so?  I’m glad you asked.

First, knowing and acknowledging our long-term goals helps to guide our current activity and goal setting.  Identifying gaps between where you are today and what you hope to achieve can define what needs to be done to get there.  Have a dream to retire at 55 or own a new boat?  Short-term financial goals can be set to begin the journey.  Want to be healthy and active in your retirement years?  Short-term health goals will surface as important.  Desire to scuba dive in the Caribbean?  Setting up lessons on local lakes now will prepare you for the adventure.

Second, long-term goals help to motivate us.  When we see the gap between where we are and where we hope to go get smaller and smaller, we are energized to do more to get to that final destination.

Finally – and I think this point has the most power – tying short-term goals to future aspirations removes failure from the equation.  Meaning, when we “fail” at reaching our short-term goal, instead of seeing it as a failure we see it as an opportunity to reassess our path to the long-term goal.  We no longer have setbacks; we have points of re-evaluation and then continue on the journey to our dreams.

Setting any goal is a positive activity.  When those goals are tied to our dreams, we give them more power than they have when standing alone.

Yes, I’m a coach ~ and I’m also a keynote speaker, retreat planner and business consultant as well.  Learn more about the services I offer by navigating to my company website, Breakthrough Strategies.

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