Goals, Purpose and Meaning
Posted by Stephane Gaskin PhD on Jun 11, 2013
Written by Stephane Gaskin PhD
What is a goal?
A goal is a want or a need for which you plan to take steps towards fulfilling. It is important to have Goals with purpose and meaning.
- Having goals lead to better performance and higher motivation.
- Having goals makes you focus on behaviors and activities that are relevant to your wants, needs, hopes, wishes and dreams.
- Having goals also increase the probability that you will persist in the face of setbacks and adversity.
- Having goals induce change and self-development.
Goals that have purpose and meaning
Connect to your goals by figuring out their purpose and meaning. Goals that have a clear purpose and meaning are more likely to be achieved. To find the purpose and meaning of your goals, ask yourself the following questions.
Example Goal: Getting my finances in order.
What is my goal’s purpose? Question: What will I get out of achieving this goal? Answer: “I won’t have to worry about my future and the future of my family as much as I am now. I will gain peace of mind”.
What is my goal’s meaning? Questions: What will be able to say about myself once I achieve my goal? What does it say about me that I have this goal in the first place? Answer: I care about taking good care of my family and that they shouldn’t have to worry about not having enough money. Once I have achieved my goal I will be able to say about myself that I am able to take things in hand and succeed at other things that I might want to undertake.
Once connected to your goals, through their purpose and meaning, put into place an action plan that starts today. Set short, medium and long-term deadlines for when parts of your plan will be implemented and completed.
Stephane Gaskin PhD
Stephane Gaskin PhD
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