Opinions are mixed and varied around the power and impact of sharing goals that you set with people around you. There are proponents that advocate the power behind being open, honest and vocal about what it is that you want to get up to in life, as it creates accountability to a goal’s completion and in sharing we build support networks and other means to seeing goal-success. And, there are others that would advocate in the complete opposite direction – that in telling others about your goals creates guilt around them not being completed – and thus, while goal setting is a valuable practice, sharing of them breeds a smaller likelihood for their achievement.
I, for one, am a proponent for setting big ol’goals and sharing the heck out of them. The impact that I have seen and experienced from sharing what I am up to, working towards, passionate about and out to change in the world has brought me closer to seeing those things come to fruition. I have seen goals be achieved much earlier than anticipated, have found great support in making things happen by being very clear in what I need to make something work and have learned that failing at a goal, especially the ones that I have shared with others, is all part of the journey. Those happen to be the times that I learn the most about myself – and come out of those situations ready to take on something new (normally bigger and better!).
Goal setting is an impactful practice – and namely from the place that giving yourself a focal point, a path, an idea of the future that you want to create for yourself, etc creates the ‘do’s’ in life that you want to focus on. The ‘do’s’ are all those things that you want out of life – from thirteen houses with international postal codes through to sensory feelings and emotions that you want to experience every day, like ‘contribution’ or ‘freedom’ – whatever means something to YOU that you want to have integrated into your life. From knowing what it is that you want out of life, you start to see a direction that your goals will be moving in. This can look like personal and relationship goals developing, to career goals being sharpened and perhaps health goals being clarified as you think to the future to see what life is like in 5 or 10 years.
We can set goals across a number of ‘venues’ of our lives, and in doing so, our goals can impact many things that we get up to in our day to day. They can even be a guiding light to the things that we do with our ‘us’ time – like, for example, what networking events we may choose to attend.
Simply put, knowing what you are working towards can connect you to the ‘who’ to look to network with. Having clarity around what you are working towards provides direction to where you are spending your time connecting with other professionals/passionate activity enthusiasts/parents/singles/etc that are looking to develop their networks/skill set/knowledge base/and so on in the same field. Looking at career goals specifically, knowing your direction, or the direction that your appetite for development is heading, you can drill down on where to look to connect to meet future employers, mentors, boards and more. And, it is all centered on knowing what you want to experience in your lifetime – which comes from spending time in inquiry with yourself and setting some hair raising, stomach-flip-inducing, want to scream ‘Heck Yeah!’ from the mountaintop kind of goals.