Objectives guide our actions and motivate us. Setting the right objective is always the first step to self-improvement and accelerated development.
What is an objective?
Objectives are goals that we set in the future to act like beacons—directing our present plans and tasks. We want to keep our mind on the present as much as we can. We know that all fear originates in the future, but there is one time we want to direct our mental energy to the future and that is when we set an objective.
Setting an objective requires us to look into the future to see what we want to achieve. This could be a general state of being, such as “Be Happy” or “Be High Performing,” or it could be a specific performance based goal, like “Win the game against our rivals,” or “Reach my quarterly sales goal of—”
The purpose of setting an objective is to have it placed in the future and not in our current reach.
How are objectives different than goals?
A “goal” is generic term for something that we want to reach, achieve, or succeed in. There are many types of goals: short-term goals, long-term goals, being goals, doing goals, and control goals. To optimize our performance and improve rapidly we don’t need just any goal—we need an objective.
How do objectives help us?
We perform everyday and in everything we do. Performance is a part of our lives, and we can’t get away from it. Performing well, performing badly, or just coasting along in life depends on us. When we don’t have a purpose—an objective—we tend to let life create who we are instead of creating the life we want. A good objective acts like a light in the distance when everything else in front of us is dark. We don’t know what will happen in the future. All we can see is the present moment. And an objective helps us to know what we should do in the present moment to reach our goals.
Setting an Objective
The Fearless Mind Journal in the Resource Center and on The Fearless Mind smart phone app give us a perfect place to write down our objective everyday.
Set an objective that is personally meaningful to you. The more meaningful the objective, the more motivated you will be to stay on course as you head toward it.
Objectives can be weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Try not to set objectives that are shorter than one week or over one year. Of course, the time limits of your objective should be individually tailored to your needs. If you have trouble keeping focus on an objective that is farther than a couple months in the future you should probably stick to monthly objectives. Experiment a little to find out what is best for you.
For more information on setting objectives:
Watch Dr. Manning explain the importance of objectives and how to set them: http://thefearlessmind.com/library/week-three/
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