If you are like most people you have thoughts about different kinds of projects and goals you would like to accomplish. What I’ve noticed recently is that most people, including myself, don’t act on those dreams and visions as often as we would like.
To overcome this problem, you need to be honest about which goals really matter to you. I found this wonderful article that sheds some light on why our ambition seems to diminish when it comes to things we say we think we want to do.
Be Honest About Which Goals Really Matter to You
I have been challenging myself a lot lately regarding my goals and dreams. I say I want to XYZ, but if I am honest, there are many signs that should tell me that I really don’t want to do this. It is a goal I want to want. Something that I think would be interesting to want. But I have to push myself to get enthused about it.
Here is an example. I have been saying for many years that I wanted to get my PhD. I even enrolled in a great program and was underway. It was a slog for all the usual reasons including that I was working full time and trying to have a life. I thought this was normal and it is to a point. But even if I had all the time in the world it would be a slog. And now I can be at peace and tell you I really don’t want a PhD. I wanted to want it.
Quitting the program hurt because I had already made an investment. But is it ever right to continue spending time and money when it’s no longer a goal? No, it is not (especially if you do not need the credential/outcome, which I don’t). Read the full article here…
I am pretty sure all of you have your own examples of times when you “wanted to want” a certain goal and may have even felt a twinge of guilt about not getting it done. Isn’t it time to be honest about which goals really matter to you? It’s actually a very good feeling to let go of those things you have no real ambition for and to embrace one thing that means the most to you. As you can see, understanding this concept is important for good leadership.
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