There used to be a time when I didn’t realize that the goal matters more than the way it’s written.
I was off the mark.
Back when I was entrenched in the fitness industry, I did a fair share of marketing. When it came to Sport Psych and Mindset, I was coaching it before it became a “thing”. So, yeah, I creating a few different goal worksheets in my day. I can recall being so particular about the aesthetic of the goal sheets that I made. They always needed to be just so. They were fancy, too – logos and whatnot. This one time, I even wrote a short eBook about goals that I used in a feeble attempt to get people to sign up for my list. No, really, I’ll even send it to you if you email me.
A huge part of a Sport Psychology curriculum is centered on goal setting, and the research is pretty clear that goal setting interventions are important. However, since my undergraduate, I had been going over the nuances of goals and I think that many leaders and coaches have gotten so caught up in the minutia that they’ve missed the mark.
Call it a failure to put theory into practice. Too much focus on SMART goals, even though they seem to change the damn acronym every other week (seriously – Google “SMART goals” for a laugh). Too much focus on the wording and the “I WILL vs. I WANT”. Too much time spent on the semantics of what really is attainable.
My proprietary “goal sheets” have changed so much that they are, in their current form, actually non-existent.
I’m not kidding.
I spent more time in my life writing down the perfect goal than I did chasing after goals that were worth attaining. As I coached more and more people, it began to dawn on me that having a goal sheet, regardless of the complete nature of it, didn’t necessarily correlate with seeing a goal to it’s completion. Even more to the point: having a written-out plan doesn’t even guarantee it.
I think back to the time I ran my first marathon. The training was planned out, but the actual goal of the marathon didn’t really appear anywhere. I entered the race, I knew the date and time it was being held, and I just showed up.
More often than not, I don’t write my goals down. This has led me to some interesting observations about myself that would take way too long to list.
I’ve said this before…I always say this: we spend entirely too much time worrying about what we want to do and when we will get it done, and not nearly enough time exploring WHY we want to do it in the first place.