My experience is that almost everyone can tell you the value of setting goals and then prioritizing their work based on those goals. Most people have heard the “big rocks, pebbles, sand, water” analogy for optimizing results. And yet, how many people actually practice goal setting?
To do lists and project management tools, while incredibly valuable, do not replace the process of clearly defining your goal. We all have many goals, and if we evaluated those goals, we would likely find they are all loosely tied to our ultimate goal. Author Napoleon Hill refers to this as “definiteness of purpose.”
This is the most important outcome you desire, to which all actions and other goals should support. Can you define yours? If you can, is it written down? Do you use it daily to create movement towards your ultimate goal?
Having a clearly defined purpose or goal creates clarity and singularity of focus. It fuels action and inspires measured risk. It gives purpose to our actions and results, and helps us stay aligned with who we want to be and what we really want to do with this lifetime.
If you haven’t taken this step, or you have but the purpose you’ve defined doesn’t deeply resonate with you and inspire you, invest your time in doing this today. Write it down & keep it visible. And make a commitment that you will take action towards that goal everyday. I recommend starting each day by writing down the most important thing you can do that day towards your purpose, and then holding yourself accountable.
Try it… you may find yourself surprised by how much bigger your impact is once you define your definite purpose and begin the daily process of aligning your actions and energy with it.