It’s the beginning of a New Year and the majority of people take time to think about and set New Year resolutions or goals. I spend the last week of the year planning, goal setting, and writing out my goals in my game plan book. Having goals and striving to achieve them is not the problem. Tony Robbins even said “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” If you want to move closer to your vision and dreams you need to set and take time to focus on your goals. The trouble comes when an achiever or leader is so focused on goals that they forsake investing in personal growth. This can bring these two difficulties:
1. A person can strive to reach a certain goal and once they have achieved it they could plateau. The danger of success is that it brings comfort and the temptation to avoid risk or change which would allow them to move toward new levels of success or goal setting. If your growth driven your goals or a stepping stone forward and not a destination.
2. You reach your goals or dreams but you’re not prepared. John F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” The best time to grow and develop yourself is before you have started to achieve your goals so you are ready and prepared when you start to achieve them. This does not mean once you have achieved a goal or success you can stop growing or building your competence. Growth driven leaders are Lifelong Learners and reap the results and reward of personal growth. Remember your goals move you into your desired future but personal growth allows you to stay and excel in those areas.
If you want to be more effective now and into the future I encourage you to be more growth driven then goal drive.
Questions: Do you agree a leader should be more growth driven than goal driven? How do you intend to grow and develop yourself this year?