When goal setting grinds your brains to mush

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Starting a new year and setting goals always shorts out my brain.

Does this happen to you?

I get all discombobulated. I start freaking out about failing to achieve my goals... yet again.

"Is this the right goal for me?" 

"Is this what I should be focusing on?"

"Will this help me get out of debt?"

I don't think I've spent enough time with Michael Hyatt's "Best Year Ever" goal setting course just yet.

What I've been getting stuck on is the difference between goals, strategies, and tactics. 

Here are a few Seth Godin quotes I found on the Googles this morning that are helping.

(from his post on 12/6/2014)  - Goals, strategy and tactics for change


"The Goal: Who are you trying to change? What observable actions will let you know you've succeeded?

"The Strategy: What are the emotions you an amplify, the connections you can make that will cause someone to do something they've hesitated to do in the past (change)? The strategy isn't the point, it's the lever that helps you cause the change you seek.

"The Tactics: What are the actions you take that cause the strategy to work? What are the events and interactions that, when taken together, comprise your strategy?

"A tactic might feel fun, or the next thing to do, or a lot like what your competition is doing. But a tactic by itself is nothing much worth doing. If it supports a strategy, a longer-term plan that builds on itself and generates leverage, that's far more powerful. But a strategy without a goal is wasted."


Lining these 3 things up in order is really helping me. Goal. Strategy. Tactics.

(from his post on 8/7/2009) - When tactics drown out strategy


"Most of us are afraid of strategy, because we don't feel confident outlining one unless we're sure it's going to work. And the 'work' part is all tactical, so we focus on that. (Tactics are easy to outline, because we say, "I'm going to post this." If we post it, we succeed. Strategy is scary to outline, because we describe results, not actions, and that means opportunity for failure.)

"In my experience, people get obsessed about tactical detail before they embrace a strategy… and as a result, when a tactic fails, they begin to question the strategy that they never really embraced in the first place.

"The next time you find yourself spending 8 hours on tactics and five minutes refining your strategy, you'll understand what's going on."


Yep, fear of failure. That's been creeping into my brain waves, for sure!

(from his post on 1/4/2007) - The difference between strategy and tactics


"The right strategy makes any tactic work better. The right strategy puts less pressure on executing your tactics perfectly.

"Here's the obligatory January skiing analogy: Carving your turns better is a tactic. Choosing the right ski area in the first place is a strategy. Everyone skis better in Utah, it turns out.

"If you are tired of hammering your head against the wall, if it 
feels like you never are good enough, or that you're working way too hard, it doesn't mean you're a loser. It means you've got the wrong strategy.

"It takes real gust to abandon a strategy, especially if you've gotten super good at the at the tactics. That's precisely the reason that switching strategies isoften such a good idea
. Because your competition is afraid to."


Wow, zinger! I needed to hear that one! 

So, time to recalibrate my brains. Time to define my goals, clarify my strategy and then... get into some tactics. I think I've been doing it backward, like, forever...

Well, no time like the present.

So, how are your goals shaping up? 

Did Seth's comments help?

Which one was the zinger you needed to hear? 

Hit reply and share... I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Oh yeah... and may your copy every be melodic and harmonious!


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