Can we be real with each other for just a minute? I may be branded a leadership heretic by what I’m about to say but I’ve got to be honest. Here goes: Setting goals is hard work. It can be tedious. It can be as enjoyable as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. I sometimes struggle with the process. And I’m not alone.
Most leaders stink at setting goals.
Why? It’s pretty simple actually: We confuse tasks with goals.
To illustrate my point, take a look at these statements and see if you can determine which are goals and which are tasks:
- Reduce my body weight to 182 pounds or less by March 3.
- Find two friends to exercise with by January 15.
- Keep a food journal for the next 30 days to track my caloric intake.
- Exercise 3-4 times a week for the next six months.
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