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The Crucial Difference Between Intentions and Goals

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The Crucial Difference Between Intentions and Goals
“Intention” is a word we hear a lot. At the beginning of yoga classes, we’re prodded to “set an intention.” Oprah has said of her people-pleasing tendencies, “intention cured me.” In her studio album…

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Intentions give us purpose

Intentions give us purpose

Intentions, something heard less often than the overused ‘goals’, are the starting point of every dream. They about being in control of the present, creatively fulfilling all of your needs, in all the domains of life.

Intention shifts our mindset from ‘accidental’ to ‘purposeful’.

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Goals focus on the future

They are focused on something in the future. They are a point in the roadmap of life.

Goals have to be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound) and are always future-centric.

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Future and Present

An intention shifts your focus to the present moment and shifts our feelings, and understanding of the present moment. Intentions, therefore, alter our state of being.

Goals, on the other hand, are specifically geared towards something that needs to be accomplished in the future. As they create pressure to achieve, the inability to do so results in a feeling of failure.

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Intentions: controlling the Now

  • Intentions shape our energy and provide us with a driver’s seat of the present moment.
  • Intentions are a positive adventure with life and help us align with the person we want to be in a more accessible and honest manner.
  • Intentions can be used as a system to control your daily interactions, meetings, projects, and even one's life, by controlling the NOW.

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  • Specific: It will be easier to see what you need to accomplish.
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  1. Clarity: clear goals help with understanding the task at hand.
  2. Challenge: the goal should be challenging enough to prove motivating, but not impossible to achieve. 
  3. Commitment: involve your team in the goal-setting process.
  4. Feedback: measure your progress and seek advice.
  5. Task complexity: be careful in adding too much complexity to your goals as it can impact morale, productivity, and motivation.

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) framework for goal setting

  • Objectives – This is what you hope to accomplish. Objectives usually take the form of broad goals that are not measurable (that’s what the Key Results section is for).
  • Key Results – Based on objectives, the key results are almost always defined with a specific number.

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The Rudders and Oars Metaphor

It helps clarify the difference between SYSTEMS and GOALS:
  • Your goals are like the rudder on a small rowboat. They set the direction and determine where you go. 
  • If you commit to one goal, then the rudder stays put and you continue moving forward. 
  • If you flip-flop between goals, then the rudder moves all around and it is easy to find yourself rowing in circles.
  • If the rudder is your goal, then the oars are your process for achieving it. While the rudder determines your direction, it is the oars that determine your progress.

Example: If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

How to Set Goals You'll Actually Follow

  1. Ruthlessly Eliminate Your Goals. Consistently prune and trim down your goals. If you can muster the courage to prune away a few of your goals, then you create the space you need for the remaining goals to fully blossom.
  2. Stack Your Goals. Make a specific plan for when, where and how you will perform this."Networking: After I return from my lunch break, I will send one email to someone I want to meet."
  3. Set an Upper Bound. Don't focus on the minimum threshold. Instead of saying,  “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today.” rather say, “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today, but not more than 20.”