I have always been a goal-driven guy. To me it is exciting to set a goal and then work to achieve it. I have never regretted setting and accomplishing a goal. Looking backward I have sometimes regretted that there were goals I did not set, and therefore never achieved. For the most part, though, I have had no shortage of goals. I still do not.
My goals are usually well structured to include all of the necessary ingredients to conform to the SMART acronym:
Sometimes, though, I allow the busy-ness of life to obscure my goals. The urgent often distracts me from my goals. At moments like this (in fact, this is now a moment like that) I try to simplify.
What is really important?
Why am I spending so much energy and time on the urgent instead of the important?
How can I clear the clutter, re-focus on the goal, and then zero in on the short-term objectives and next actions to make the goal possible?
What is the worst thing that will happen if I ignore the urgent?
These are not just questions I am asking myself. I invite you to share what works for you as well. I want to know how you deal with this. Please use the comments on this post to share your experience with me and our readers.
Like you, I have important goals to accomplish and only a limited amount of time to achieve them. It’s time to get with the program.
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