Goal Setting vs Areas of Focus

Not everyone is a goal setter.  Even though I highly recommend goal setting as a tool for success, I know that we all have different "best practices" that help us be productive and get the results that we want.  The problem is that not all of us know what our "best practices" are.

So, let's say you're not a goal setter.  You've tried it and it doesn't work.  You've written them down, you've told a friend, you've done all the things that goal setters have told you to do, but you just can't stay committed.  The fact that you have a goal isn't motivating.  It doesn't light a fire.

Instead of setting goals, establish areas of focus.

Unlike goals, areas of focus are more flexible while still keeping you on track.  A goal is very specific - I want to create a fifteen piece collection by March 1st.  An area of focus is more broad - I want to spend time creating every day.  The goal is quantifiable and it has a deadline.  The area of focus takes the essence of the goal, consistent creating, and allows you to focus on just that.  

Even if you're an avid goal setter, you can still use both methods.

I am undeniably an avid goal setter, but I can't deny the effectiveness of having established areas of focus.  In my post about my word of the year, Intentional, I mentioned that I have five areas of focus that I'm tracking in my planner.  Some of these areas of focus feed into my goals and some of them don't.  The point is not to create urgency around these things, it's to make sure you stay on track towards accomplishing what you want to accomplish.

If goals don't work for you, switch tactics.  Try this method for awhile and see if it works for you.  If it doesn't keep searching until you find one that does.  Your dreams are too important for you to not know how to stay on track towards attaining them.