The right equation

Everybody builds up his own path paved of personal events and experiences both successes and failures. It is the singularity of our own life path. However, in order to bring consistency and value to what we carry out we must define and track meaningful personal objectives. They will be as many steps for our personal fulfillment leading to a positive sense of identity.

The idea of success comes along with continuous efforts, motivation and a fair amount of personal resources. The achievement is then blessed as a personal reward.

It is essential to structure our way to grow in life and set up intermediate and assessable goals as milestones to track progresses along with achievements. Successive rewards are self-motivating and sustain the necessary flame to go on and on.

Objectives + Resources + Achievements = Success + Personal fulfillment

Setting goals and action plans is no guarantee to a personal development but a lack of visions and goals is assuredly leading to nowhere. We cannot reach destination if we don’t know where to go and even worse, if we don’t know from where we start.

Grab your favorite notepad or mindmap tool and start sketching your map of personal objectives. This is a worthy and efficient way to have an introspection look on who you are and what tracks you aim at exploring.


Types of objectives

Personal objectives can be categorized in two main types: cognitive and affective also split in short and long term objectives depending on their nature.

Cognitive goals focus on knowledge acquiring and overall personal accomplishment through skill development. They often relate to professional objectives. Because two-third or so of our work day is usually dedicated to professional duties, it is important to define both vision and expectations of what could be a fulfilled career path. So many constraints and obstacles may arise and momentarily or lastingly impair our track that still without goals we surely go nowhere.
This type is so important for a personal accomplishment that it usually deserves a category on its own. Far from me the idea to oppose personal against professional goals or to consider personal goals as secondary.

I don’t refer to ambition as a professional objective although it could be a way to formalize a vision leading to professional achievements.

Affective goals relate to quality of relations and intimacy we have with people. Because we often grow better through the diversity and wealth of interactions we have with others, setting up objectives driven by human factors is a meaningful and sane intention. Caring, supporting, helping, sharing as much as receiving are basic but key values we should all promote.

On the road to long term achievements, short term objectives may contribute to settle down a stepwise approach fostering the momentum to a sustainable success path. I again invite you to refer to my post Motivation Drives Achievements And Much More  for a deeper insight on this side idea.

Longer term objectives can extend to lifetime goals and subsequently achievements. I would then rather qualify them as life visions.

We all have expectations on the long run. This is of a greater importance to make such projections, gain resources to go on, sustain momentum to proceed with goals until their ultimate completion. It definitely allows us to build up a positive sense of identity.

Questions: What is your experience in defining personal objectives? What are your triggers?


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