If you have a great list of Goals to support your exciting Vision, but youâ€™re just not sure what to do next, join us for a lesson in goal architecture. Follow the system and your goals will be on-target every time!
PURPOSE is what youâ€™re created for;
MISSION is what youâ€™re meant to do about it;
VISIONS are the evidence.
GOALS are the means of achievement.
Youâ€™re probably well on your way to tapping into the artist in you and youâ€™re creating amazing dream canvases and recording them. Youâ€™re making sure to nurture your vision and keep your passion alive. And youâ€™re excited and anxious to get on with it.
In a garden, where you might have a pond or a rose arbor in a corner you would probably have a carefully laid stepping stone path to guide you there. Goals are the carefully laid stepping stones on which you will walk right into the reality of your Vision. They are the difference between attaining a brilliant vision and disappointment.
Our culture is extremely goal-oriented, particularly at the beginning of each New Year (i.e. resolutions). Most of these goals go unrealized, unachieved, for the simple reason that frequently they just donâ€™t lead anywhere.
Though many are worthwhile, these goals amount to the same thing as planning a lovely flagstone path, lined with flowers â€“ – guiding you nowhere. Goals must be part of an overall plan, one piece in a process that begins with understanding your Purpose, discerning your Mission and taking the time to create vibrant Visions. Without these, your goals, regardless of how carefully you lay them out, have no purpose, no direction.
If youâ€™ve been following along with us in the process of bringing your dreams into reality, youâ€™ve arrived at the crossroad separating the dreamer from the true visionary (see Become A Visionary â€“ Tapping Into the Artist in You, an earlier article in this series). You have reached the point of designing On-Target Goals and you may even have begun, finding it labor-intensive, to say the least!
Be encouraged. As with all processes, if you stay with the plan, remaining focused and taking it one step at a time, itâ€™s completely manageable. How do you eat an elephant? Goals are accomplished the same way â€“ one bite at a time.
If youâ€™re a true visionary, and youâ€™ve taken sufficient time to paint a truly vibrant and brilliant Vision inside you, and you continue to nurture the Vision (See Nurturing the Vision from the last issue of The Commonsense Communique), you will have stoked the fires of your passion and the confidence it generates. The pressing need to see the dream realized will keep you focused. During the process of designing and implementing your goals, do not hesitate to take time to step back into your Vision now and again and walk around in it for awhile.
If you havenâ€™t yet identified the 7 steps, the tools to insure that each dream manifests in a better reality, now is the time. Goal design is the work of an architect and itâ€™s time to sit down at the drawing board. It is bringing those Visions which above and beyond the norm into the realm of reality, utilizing the tools of the real world, and changing the real world in the process.