Time-bound vs. Goal-bound
by: Shawn O’Brien, M.S.
In the current days of the ever expanding technology BOOM, everything is instant.
Instant Oatmeal, Instant Messaging, Instant Coffee, Instant Food and you can fill in a few more.
There are numerous versions of quotations floating around which go something like this – “IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT” or “THEY DON’T MAKE THINGS LIKE THEY USED TO” or “ANYTHING WORTH DOING IS WORTH DOING WELL.” I guess even though these sayings are still used, not many people apply the principles of hard work and dedication to the art of long term planning. Whether you are trying to lose 20 pounds, buy a house, help the community or grow your business you have to set some appropriate goals.
Setting these goals should mean you have something important in mind to accomplish and these same accomplishments should have a realistic time frame to complete them. Not only a realistic time frame, but having smaller or short-term goals as stepping stones to a long-term goal or project will increase your likelihood of completing this and all goals. Inversely, having long-term maintenance objectives in place at the completion of the short-term goals you have worked so hard to achieve, will increase your success of maintaining said objective.
In summary, the term “INSTANT” may only be able to applied to your coffee or oatmeal, but if you really want to achieve something great take more than a minute to think about where your GOAL IS BOUND AND HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO GET THERE. You will be surprised how gratifying it is to get there.