Finding fascinating goals

Some clichés are clichés because they’re true. “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it,” is one.

You first

Tolstoy wisely said, “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.” Think of changing you before you think of changing others.

Habitual complainers usually have more goals for others than they have for themselves.

First base

Goal-setting conversations that begin with goals are off target. All personal goal-setting conversations begin by asking, “What are my values?” Create targets that express who you are.

You may require help uncovering your values. They lie hidden under behaviors. Find someone that asks probing questions and restates the obvious.

A young leader I’ve coached said they valued order and procedures. I said, “Do you value conformity?” They quickly said, “No, that’s not it.” Upon further exploration, we learned they valued environments where the path to success is clearly defined. The real value was the path not order and procedure.


Goals without values are bullies that push you around. On the other hand, targets aligned with your values pull you toward them.


Goals enable milestones. Achieving milestones energizes and motivates. Every list-maker knows the motivational power of checking something off their list.


Reach beyond doing to accomplishment. Setting a goal to contact ten clients today is good. Setting a goal to sell five units of product is better.


I’m not sure what it is but there’s something powerful about written goals. Someone said, “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”  Can you write down today’s goals? Do they focus on accomplishment more than tasks? Are they more about you than others? Will you know when you achieve them?

“It’s time to start the life you have imagined,” Henry James.


What personal goal-setting tips can you offer the Leadership Freak community?