At first I was surprised. If you know where you’re going, why not just plot the course, like they do on Star Trek?
But then I realized it’s a perfect metaphor for a trap we often fall into when goal-setting.
This 2 minute video explains the trap and how to avoid it:
Your vision will expand and become more clear the closer you get to it, but its fundamental essence will not change. Your goals, however, are your steps along the path. As your path is revealed, your goals may need to change.
Waiting for a yearly review of goals does not make sense.
Progress toward goals should be part of regular ongoing discussions.
Ask questions like:
- Are there things you need to do to support your goal?
- Do you have the skills you need?
- Are the right people involved?
- Do you have the resources you need?
- Is the timeframe realistic?
- Does your goal still make sense given your current circumstances?
- Is there another goal that will get you further and faster to where you want to go?
Don’t change your goals capriciously. But do check frequently to make sure they still serve your purpose and direction. You might need to adjust your goals if you discover a new aspect to your dreams or that your course has changed.