Goals are great. We should all have goals. Goals help us to focus our energy, form plans, live a purpose-centered life, and give us a feeling of accomplishment. What do I want to do with my life? Where will I go on vacation? What will I do tomorrow? What will I do today? What will I have for lunch? Should I squish that bug?
I recently wrote about something that I call the domino theory of goal-setting. Using this strategy, goals are like dominoes and our pathway is defined by how we set up our own personal dominoes. Advantages of this method of goal-setting are that it is a mindful approach which focuses on process over outcome and gain over blame. But how do you set up these dominoes and establish goals? What goals are worth establishing? Am I wrong or a failure if I keep changing my dominoes?
The answer to these questions delves into the definition of goals. A goal is an observable and measurable end result that you intend to achieve or accomplish. A well-planned goal also includes some sort of timeframe.
Which goals should be considered important? Obviously, everyone needs to answer that question for themselves. However, a general rule that I’ve found to be most important in doing this; goals should be based on your core principles and values.