Get the Results You Desire Without Having to Set Goals
Practice makes perfect
Engineers, builders and construction ‘types’ find it easy to set and achieve goals… but remember they have been taught to do this, and have been doing and perfecting their own version of it over time.
So don’t give up just because goal setting hasn’t worked for you in the past. Like with everything practice makes perfect!
Books about project management are a total bore and rather difficult to follow, so they are not much help either.
… And if you are a creative person like myself; just the thought of having to set goals probably gives you the creeps.
So let me ask you a question. Do you like solving problems? If you do, you are a Problem Solver, not a Goal Setter. Nothing wrong with that! Your approach is merely a bit different, but you also get things done.
So my suggestion for you is to think of what problem you want to solve and work at it from that point of view. So your current position is the problem (A), your destination is the solution (B), and the plan of action is to get you from point A to point B.
Same thing, just different approach…. and you never have to wonder why goal setting doesn’t work for you, because your way to get things done also works. (PS – you also no longer have to get irritated by others always talking about goals and setting goals. You can do it your way!)
The missing ingredient
The only ingredient missing in this equation is – by when…
It helps to have a milestone or completion date in mind to keep you on track and things moving at a trot, cantor or gallop, rather than a slow meander or stroll because one can so easily deviate completely by getting side-tracked or way-laid. It instills a sense of urgency and helps that you don’t get coaxed away from your destination.
Become comfortable with ‘not knowing’
The other benefit creatives have on our side is that most of us are fairly comfortable with ‘unknowns’. We do not have to know exactly how things will work out, we know there are happy accidents and intriguing messes that often make a work of art come alive, or give an unexpected spin on things that is way better than a rigid adherence to the ‘rules’.
Have FUN! Happy Problem Solving!
Links to other goal setting articles
- Set Smart Goals to get your projects realized
- What if goal setting doesn’t work for you – stop setting goals
- Learn how to set super-smart goals – the before and after story that makes all the difference.
- Why its important to set goals
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