Lets Talk About Goal Setting
Somewhere along the line you learned (or were conditioned) that Setting Goals is important in business. I know I had a six week elective class in high school about how to study and goal setting. Most boring class ever. The beginning of my conditioning of what I should be doing (see previous module on thinking how things should be). I should be setting goals. I mean everyone else does this right?
Nope, not everyone!
Just the thought of goal setting makes my (_[_) – hole draw up! It feels heavy to me. I mean I can set goals, but there is so much out of my control here when I do goal setting. The year 3 of my family members passed on comes to mind. No way I was going to accomplish any goal (if I had set any that is) that year, maybe not even the next. Things happen.
Google makes changes, social media platforms like Pinterest make changes. How many hours a day to you spend on something uncertain and out of your control to accomplish your goals? Is that in the Business plan you created? Are you banking your security on something that is out of your control?
Do you find yourself setting a goal of a certain number of blog posts a week and things like that in your plan to reach your goal? How well do you really create under those circumstances? Creativity can’t be calculated.
I don’t believe content calender’s because it forces you to stick to a plan that might not even be that great for your blog!
You can’t control what’s outside of you.
So what should you do?
Now I am not saying to never set goals. There is a time to set goals.
What is important is the nature of the goal. Does it arise out of vision, inspiration or something that comes to you as something that wants to be created from you?
Does it make your heart sing at the thought of racing to complete this amazingly creative masterpiece that’s harmonizing in your head?
That’s when you make a plan!
Start drawing it out. Start bringing your vision to life! The vision is the thing you want to create!
This course was a vision in me but I didn’t set a goal or a date as to when it had to be done. Now, I could have pressured myself. I could have made myself do it but that’s not how I operate. Good things don’t come from rushed ideas being put into action.
I didn’t have a plan but I had an intention of getting it done, that is, when the timing was right and the vision was clear to me.
Goals Vs. Intentions
Goals are focused on the future, while intentions are more grounded in the present.
Goals are focused on a finish line, an end result, and are associated with having to get achieve something or get something done in order to gain a particular outcome.
If something happens or you don’t reach your goals, you will experience negative emotions in all sorts of areas.
With a goal, you have an outcome probably written down. Then you have a list of steps and strategies, a structure, a map to get you to that end destination. It’s all in your conscious mind. It’s not something that you have lived out yet.
An intention works in the subconscious mind. Intentions are not focused on the future but the present. The present moment is where I strive to remain and you should too. If it’s not, then it is my intention is that you will be more aware of living in the present moment when you are done with this course.
With an intention, you can feel the emotion (positive emotion) and the creative vibrations just flow naturally. It can drive you forward a lot faster when you’re flying on the wings of creativity than sticking to a set list of goals for the future.
Intentions create vision and visions creates results!
Intentions are born from your why!
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I don’t do lists of goals.
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Are you afraid of things not going according to plan? Don’t be!