Goals Vs. Plans

Goals are very important.

They should be made with a bit of optimism. They should get you to stretch and perhaps be a little big.

Goals should inspire you, be exciting to think about, and represent a level of success defined by you.

But planning is different.

Planning is equally important.

Planning should be a little less optimistic. It should be an honest assessment of the challenges, of the potential pitfall and limitations.

And this should inspire you.

The battle should be an exciting proposition.

Goals are exciting because of the outcome.

Plans should be exciting because of the input.

Goals are motivating when you choose them and when you achieve them.

Planning should be motivating when the unexpected happens, when the unknown is present, and when the fight is the most difficult.

It’s hard to achieve goals without a good plan.

Both are both important.

Both vital to your success.

But if only one is exciting.

It may be time to reconsider the plan.

3 comments

  1. This is a great distinction! I usually say that there should be big goals and small goals. The big goals keep you inspired, because they’re the things you want the most, and the small goals keep you motivated, because those are things you can cross off of a list a few times each day, and accomplishing them feels great, even if they’re small and simple. I never thought about them as planning vs. goal setting, but I love it!

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