Is it possible the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed us of setting personal goals?
Yes. With as much uncertainty as we’ve experienced over the past 15 months, it is possible.
Recently, I have been asking clients and friends about their non-business goals. In response, I have fairly consistently received a confused look and the question, “What do you mean?”
After back-and-forth conversations, we conclude they do not currently have personal goals. “But if you don’t have goals, how do you know where to spend your time?” I ask.
In my experience, not having goals—that is, not knowing where to spend your time—is unhealthy.
Does what American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard said resonate with you? “Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.”
Let’s not blame the pandemic; let’s blame ourselves. More important, let’s go to work filling the void and defining our personal goals.
Set at least three new, meaningful goals to complete before the year is over. Then become organized, focused, and disciplined to achieve them.
It’s time to “perk up” and drop the excuses. Setting personal goals, creating a plan, and working toward them isn’t hard while the benefits are many. These suggestions will get you going:
- Select goals that will make you happy and bring you satisfaction.
- Be certain your goals are realistic, attainable, and require a reasonable amount of effort.
- Anticipate any obstacles to achieving your goals, then take action to remove them.
You’ll find that setting and achieving personal goals equates to a sense of accomplishment that then translates into a positive attitude—a trait possessed by exceptional leaders.