Do you have a big enough goal?
by Francois Coetzee
Having goals, or goal themes, is a key part of achievement.Having goals might be as simple as wanting something and then taking steps to get it, or it may be more formal with detailed planning and formal decision making along the way.
In the excellent book, ”Alice in Wonderland”, the following conversation takes place:
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
The conundrum present in this wonderful little piece of dialogue illustrates the nature of life without goals. If you don’t know what you want, you will get it (not). And if you have only the vaguest of ideas of where you want to end up, you might eventually get somewhere, but it may not necessarily be where you wanted to be.
For most career-oriented and motivated people it is as natural to set goals as it is to breathe. Achieving success and performing well are always linked to setting goals and then working in it to achieve it.
Goals can generally be categorized into three groups.
There are small, easy-to-achieve goals that may take little time to achieve. Small goals give us the momentum of achievement as well as the motivation to continue and pursue larger goals.
Medium goals may be more ambitious and take more effort and time to achieve while big goals may require serious commitment, learning and long periods of time to achieve.
It is crucial to have small and medium goals. Small and medium goals are often the stepping stones which may lead us to achieving the big goals.
When setting big goals it is important that those goals are not impossible to achieve. Big goals should stretch us though. It is the achievement of big goals that make us grow, change and move forward on an emotional and spiritual level. It will almost always take us out of our comfort zones and will require new learning, skills and abilities. Big goals will not be achieved unless we work hard to make it happen.
It is the big goals that change our lives and move us forward to new levels of accomplishment and satisfaction. Big goals are, and should be, life-changing.
Do not make all of your goals big ones, but make sure you always are working on at least one big goal at a time, and change your life!