Action and Target Goals


“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

~Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)~


        If you are reading this blog, chances are you are a motivated person who has many ambitious aims. But even with the best of intentions, without a plan it will be very hard to make progress. From the routine tasks to developing your business to writing a book, all endeavors require a plan. If we don’t prioritize things, chances are they will be poorly done at the last minute or they won’t happen at all. Neither of these options are ideal. Instead, laying out your priorities ahead of time and making specific goals can get you where you want to go. 


        There are two different types of goals - action goals and target goals. Action goals are those that you have complete control over. For example, the goal “I will walk for 30 minutes each day” is an action goal - I either do it or I don’t, and I have control over whether I do it or not. The most important aspect here is carving out a specific time for each venture.


        The other type of goal, a target goal, you have a bit less control over. An example of a target goal is “I will get 5 new clients this month.”  The truth is that you don’t have any control over whether the clients you pursue will say yes. However, you do have control over how many potential clients you pursue, how often you contact them, what actions you take to fill the pipeline, and so on. For target goals, it is helpful to create MIGs - a minimum goal, an ideal goal, and a God-sized goal. So, for instance, if my goal is to get new clients this month then let’s say my minimum goal is 3, my ideal goal is 5, and my God-sized goal is 10 new clients this month. 


        For a minimum goal, the idea is that you set the simplest or most manageable version of the objective. It goes something like this:  “I really want 5 new clients but I will consider it a success if I get 3.” Your ideal is where you would have set your goal without considering other levels. The God-sized goal is one where you know it’s unlikely but possible. With God all things are possible.  


        Goal-setting itself has many benefits; using these specific action and target goal procedures to set goals is even more beneficial. Why? We are not robots. We are  human beings, not human doings. And we don’t always know what life will throw at us, so we can’t always predict what we can reasonably accomplish. The methodical approach allows us to set goals for ourselves that aren’t based on perfectionism. And that way, we can celebrate success no matter which level we accomplish.    


“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” ~Mark Victor Hansen~ 




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