It is an irony that so many of the adults in our society are not exposed to the Goal setting process. And when I say this I am talking about Professionals, well educated, well paid adults. And what point is there in knowing the process but not applying it to our lives, our careers. Going through life on auto mode or following someone else’s goals. Now you would ask if a person is well educated and reasonably well paid in a good job why does he have to bother about goal setting. Excellent question. To which I have no answer , I really don’t. A conjucture – that perhaps they( these professionals) are so very gifted that they are able to set their direction subconsciously( somewhat like migrating birds which know where they have to go in summer – even though they have never been there before) or perhaps they have some excellent guardians.
But, in a majority of the cases where I find people in a career rut I can trace it to a loss of focus. A Goal-Less state. Too much of dependence on the herd to set their compass. This kind of dependence works for a while, but cannot last your entire career – not in the times that we are in, where entire sectors vanish in the time it takes to start a firm.
If more adults in the Professional sphere were practicing this goal-setting strategy it’s quite certain that we wouldn’t see so many organizations falling short of their short- and long-range aspirations and so many individuals stuck in unsatisfying jobs.
The Goal Setting paradox is brought about beautifully in Alice in the Wonderland. Lewis Caroll has this very interesting conversation that occurs between Alice and the Cheshire cat.
Alice : “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
Alice: “I don’t much care where –”
Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
That just about explains in a very succinct manner if goals really matter.