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Avoid this goal-setting mistake

by Abdou Sani Boukari Consultant
A common goal-setting mistake (in my opinion) is to confuse end goals with means goals. End goals define outcomes where youre unwilling to compromise they describe exactly what you want.
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  • End goals define outcomes
  • Means goals define one of many paths to reach your end goals
  • Means goals can be set using a system like S.M.A.R.T
  • End goals work as ideals to move towards
  • Means goals are merely stops you choose to make along your path.
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A common goal-setting mistake (in my opinion) is to confuse end goals with means goals. End goals define outcomes where youre unwilling to compromise they describe exactly what you want. Means goals, on the other hand, define one of many paths to reach your end goals.

The means goals can be set using a system like S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, time-bound). The end goals dont fit this type of system, however. End goals work as ideals to move towards, and one of the reasons they must transcend the limits of a system like S.M.A.R.T. is that they must be expansive enough that you can pursue them for a lifetime. Ironically, youll never actually achieve your end goals in the sense that you achieve something specific and measurable and time-bound.

The end goals are there not to behave as to do items to be checked off rather they define the direction and scope of your life. They help define and shape your life path, not your final destination. The means goals are merely stops you choose to make along that path.

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