Trans4mind Home Page
~ A Journey of Self-Discovery ~

Explore Article Library

Why Goal Setting can be so Tough

Seven years ago, I hated my job. I was constantly stressed. I was feeling unrewarded and unappreciated. Going to work was a chore and was basically something I did to get through to the next weekend. Not any more. Here's how it happened.
Seven years ago, I hated my job. I was constantly stressed. I was feeling unrewarded and unappreciated. Going to work was a chore and was basically something I did to get through to the next weekend. Not any more.

As 2002 comes to an end, I can honestly say that I now love what I do and the future looks even better. Reflecting on how this turnaround has come about has forced me to rethink the whole 'goal setting' thing.

My main conclusion is that goal setting has become too scientific and complex. I think the idea of the 'dream' has become lost.

The books tell us that, as individuals, we should be making detailed plans in order to achieve our goals 'the step-by-step approach. I took this approach myself in an article this time last year about 'SMART' goal setting.

In business, the focus is on 'key performance indicators' and 'balanced scorecards' and 'triple bottom lines'. Meanwhile, 'vision' and 'mission' statements have become just another part of the business plan. They frequently come across as mechanical 'even generic.

In 1996, I didn't set any real goals for myself. At least I didn't think I did. I remember being encouraged to write my goals down. To plan out 1 year, 3 year and 10 year goals. I couldn't do it. I felt so trapped in this job I disliked 'and so unclear about what I wanted to do as an alternative 'that setting 'SMART' goals was impossible.

But I did have a dream, albeit a very blurry one. For many years 'since very early in my career 'I had felt that I wanted to make a difference. To be in a situation to have a positive influence on peoples' lives. I also knew I wanted more variety (I hate routine). And I had always admired genuine 'experts': those who not only knew their specialty really well but also knew how to put it into practice.

Deep inside I knew these were things I wanted. It was hardly enough to build a detailed plan on. But with the benefit of hindsight, I now realise that this dream was fundamental to giving me the fortitude to break out of the bind I was in.

It was the dream that helped me see opportunities when they came my way. And it was the dream that gave me the courage to take a risk and actually pursue these opportunities.

There isn't space to go into all the details of my 'transition' here. There have been twists and turns along the way. None of it could have happened without the support of my wife, family and friends.

And I still have a long way to go. Plenty more dreams to pursue and goals to achieve. I feel, however, that I am now working from a solid foundation. As the dream has gained sharper focus, I can more readily work with concrete, 'SMART' goals. I can set 'key performance indicators' for my business.

Goals are important 'both for you as an individual and for your business. But goals are like the frame of a house. They need to be built on a solid foundation. Your dream is that foundation. Remember this as you reflect on what you want to achieve in 2003 and your goal setting for the year will be much simpler.

About the Author
David Brewster works with business managers and their teams who are struggling with the unrelenting pace of modern business. He is particularly interested in relieving the complexity of modern business.


Careers & Employment
Grief & Loss
Kids & Teens
Public Speaking
Self Help
Self Improvement & Motivation
Sexual Relations
Stress Management
Travel and Leisure

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Want to renew your life?

Our online, interactive video workshops present the most effective methods of holistic personal development...
Start off with a Free Life Assessment and a Free Consultation...

Have a question about Trans4mind Training?

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Our Fees?
Email Peter Shepherd

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • Public Speaking Fear ~ Banish speaking anxiety and nerves with hypnosis.
  • Motivate Yourself to Exercise ~ Build a powerful exercise habit that you can't break.
  • Get Rid of Fear & Anxiety ~ Stop worry and apprehension wrecking your life.
  • Self Esteem ~ Break the negative trance of low self esteem and give yourself a chance in life.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program
is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
We think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
And here's a fantastic resource for self-education...

The World of Inspiration eLibrary

World of Inspiration
A treasure trove of personal development wisdom

Step inside. Just like a real library, there are thousands of quality eBooks presented on three "floors" and in different "rooms." To purchase your $15 Lifetime Membership to the World of Inspiration eLibrary, click the following button:

Payment is made through our secure transaction agent, PayPal.
The transaction is in the language and currency of your choice.
"I want to just say 'WOW!' This collection is probably the best money I ever spent! I've already received many times over in personal enrichment after just 9 days. I've had a past metaphysical background, but even newcomers to this material will really benefit. Thanks again." ~ J.S. (Pennsylvania, USA)
"The collection is everything which you promised. And more! A superb contribution to the good of the world. Many thanks indeed." ~ R.P. (Georgia, USA)
"Just a short note of thanks for the library. I've only had membership for several days now but I already feel this is perhaps the most interesting compilation I have yet seen. Worth far more than the price of admission. The browser linked structure works well and makes it easy to manage such a large storehouse of information. It is rarely that I find something I like as much as this or that I feel strongly enough to write a note like this." ~ P.W. (Minnesota, USA)
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd