Yahoo! Praise God for His faithfulness for 2015! And we are so blessed that by God's grace, we are able to make it through to another year of our lives. It is now January, the first month of 2016 and all of us are now dreaming of the goals we want to attain this year. We are all filled with ambitions and resolutions. But, as interested as we are on these goals, ambitions and resolutions, we should also be interested on the work we need to do along the way.
The PathYou see, "a goal isn't the end, it's the beginning." Working backwards with our goals, we can encounter teams of people embroiled in careful planning, strenuous training, meticulous calculations, and continual testing. And that is the true story of work: the path that connects us from our goals to the results, no matter how distant that destination may be.
Why the Path Matters"Life's a journey, not a destination." And this statement is more than a platitude or a lyrics. In our planning, we often focus too much on the finish line that we may forget the thousand steps in between. What is more? A scientific research suggests that too much farsightedness can have a negative consequences, which Derek Sivers shared in a TED Talk. Furthermore, Neurologist Gabriele Oettingen's own research, in the New York Times, also found: "Fantasizing about happy outcomes - about smoothly attaining your wishes - didn't help. Indeed, it hindered people from realizing their dreams." You see, when we articulate our ambitions in public, it can create a social reality where we can feel a premature sense of accomplishments. Rather than motivating us, thinking about the destinations can actually make us work less hard to get there.
The Balance Between Dreams and DrudgeryThis doesn't mean that goal-setting is a waste of time. It is useful to establish the objectives we are working toward. But it is also important to give weight to both our vision and the road we'll take to get there. Here's a hybrid approach that Dr. Oettingen suggests to combine positive thinking with "realism":
"Here's how it works. Think of a wish. For a few minutes, imagine the wish coming true, letting your mind wander and drift where it will. Then shift gears. Spend a few more minutes imagining the obstacles that stand in the way of realizing your wish."
The Road to LiftoffMuch of the communication must consists of assigning tasks to one another. Talk is transformed to something actionable, like a task or project. When we start something new, it is ultimately an exercise where we make obstacles explicit and assigning responsibility for work. We don't make resolutions in a vacuum, so goal-setting and plan-making are the same. When we create objectives, we dive into the details and consider every step along the way. Remember, they are as much map as they are destination.
It is January now and the energy derived from purposeful conversations is valuable, but we also need to take a moment to ask: "How are we going to get there?" We must take our mission and divide it into smaller elements that we can take action on. We have to assign these tasks to one (and only one) person, and give each task a deadline. We need to communicate frequently to move work forward, and continually review our progress to ensure we are heading the right way. And may your plans and goals be in line with the will of God.
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