Keep your goals to yourself if you want to succeed

Much has been written about the need to set goals.  Clarity, purpose, direction, focus.  All things that we know the setting of goals can bring.  Should you tell people about them, put them out there, make them real?  Or should you keep them to yourself and quietly go about your business each day making progress toward the realisation of your goal?

I am not sure I have an answer.  Much of the focus on goal setting seems to equip you for the Roman Road.  One way, straight line, quickest journey from A to B.  In my experience reaching a goal is not a straight line, it is the long and winding road full of twists and turns, many of which are designed to take you off course.  Stay focused on the destination for sure, but accept that the route may change.   You may have to adjust your course to get to where you want to go.  It’s the journey that makes you, not the destination.

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  1. One of the thing that coaching has taught me over the past 20 years is that most people think they know what their goal is and make efforts to move towards it. Then sometime down the road they realise that this was not really what they wanted may be it was more a case of moving away from something they didn’t want. If you announce your goals to the world or not maybe some more work need to be done up front on the type of goal your are aiming for,i.e. is it and outcome or performance goal? Its very hard to control every outcome, so better to focus on the controlable’s of performance or process. How committed to the goal are you? my guess is if its anything less than a 9/10 something is going to get in the way!

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