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SMART Goals vs Interests

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Yesterday, I solved what seemed like a major problem. It was at least a major nag. I have spent a good deal of time learning and becoming c...


Yesterday, I solved what seemed like a major problem. It was at least a major nag. I have spent a good deal of time learning and becoming comfortable with SMART goals. I like smart goals; they make sense to me. But they are obviously not the most important thing with how we approach life. They are not as important as the attention they get would indicate. There are other things too.

Such as values, basic beliefs, habits we want to form, attitudes we want to develop. These are just as important as setting goals. But goals have another problem in that they do not encompass much of what we want to achieve. We want to do things, we like to do things, that goals seem to miss. These things are our "interests." This is the concept I have been missing that seemed so major. I have interests, which are more important than goals, that need no goal. In fact, goals are just excuses to pursue my interest. They are often just a way of giving direction to an interest. Achieving the goal should not be as important as the interest itself. If they are not, then failing to achieving a goal is not failure, because the goal was never the main point. You were doing stuff you enjoy doing so it was still a success.

You also have "interests" that are dictated by need, not enjoyment. Doing your taxes, balancing your check book, going to jury duty, etc. Getting these things done are also goals. But the broader interest that dictate these goals are the important thing, staying out of jail, avoiding costly fines, taking care of people who need you, doing your duty, etc.

The point is that interests, the things we do simply because we want to or because we need to, are more important than goals. At least, they are higher up the flow chart than goals. It is good to have goals, but be sure to keep them in perspective. Make sure you know what your interests are and how the goals relate to them.

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