Posted by Kyle Baker, Program Coordinator for the Institute for Excellence & Ethics.
An essential step in goal achievement is the identification of your desired destination…what you’re aiming for…where you’re heading.
Regardless of who I work with, from students in elementary schools to competitive athletes, from people learning basic job skills to organizational leaders at the top of their fields, from teachers to college seniors, true identification of a desired destination (aka a goal) can prove to be an incredibly challenging task. I’m not talking about things like “get good grades” or “exercise more”…but those specific, measurable goals that we want to achieve as individuals, teams, and organizations because they really mean something to us.
It can be scary. Sometimes it can feel selfish. It demands honesty, humility, and vulnerability. It requires accepting the fact that it will take hard work to achieve…and that even with hard work, you still may not get there. At some point, the question of “Why exactly do I want to do this again?” will come up, and sometimes you may not be able to find an answer.
I know this not only from a research perspective, but because I experience these challenges myself…we all do.
Goal achievement doesn’t just happen. It’s a process.
Progress through process.
So….What are you progressing toward today?
“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”