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Goals vs. Vision

 

We have all heard the importance of having goals if we want to achieve great things.  The best goals are S.M.A.R.T..

Specific

Measureable

Actionable

Realistic

Time-bound

Goals are the systematic, identifiable steps we take to arrive at a destination.   Goals are like a roadmap telling us what path to follow to get to where we want to be.  We all need goals in our life.  In martial arts our goals can be to achieve a new rank, learn a new technique or be invited to the Hyper Pro or Leadership program.  Other goals may be to perform so many round kicks or push-ups in a minute. 

 But there is something very important that can get lost in all our goal setting.  That is our personal vision.   My personal vision is how I ideally see myself (and how others see me) in my various roles such as, father, husband, son, brother, martial artist, business owner, friend, etc..  I need to honestly determine the answer to questions like, “How do I want my children to remember me?”, or “How do I want my wife to feel about me?”, “How do I see myself as a member of society?”,  “What will others say about me when I am gone?”  When I examine how I want others to view me in each role it helps me to set goals that will allow me to live my life in such a way to attain that vision.

It all starts with a decision to live life on purpose.

Have you developed a vision for the various roles in your life?

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