11. February 2011 09:43
A process that I have found useful over the last couple of years to help commit myself to some professional and personal goals is to write a letter to myself, from my future self, as if I was looking back on the coming year. The letter describes the goals both professionally and personally that I have achieved and how I have accomplished them. The process of writing goals down helps to clarify where I am heading, which enables me to focus on what I need to do to get there. It is important for me that I do not share this with anyone else as keeping my goals secret increases the chances of me accomplishing them. This TED talk from Derek Sivers entitled "Keep your goals to yourself" highlights why this is important, of course you may find sharing goals enables others to support you on your journey to meet them - so it’s a case of horses for courses.
However it's important to remember that the journey is infinitely more valuable than the destination, in that you shouldn’t get hung up if you fail to reach your goals. Your journey will probably bring you new goals or realign your desire for the existing goals you have given yourself. In my opinion working towards a goal is as valuable as achieving it, and as long as you are committing to your own development professionally and personally then you are going to achieve great things.
I guess the message I am trying to convey is that if you don’t know where you’re going, you are never going to get there. So have a think about where you want to be in a years, 3 years or 5 years time and write yourself a note from you in the future and see what you can do to get there.
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