Do you know what you want? Are your goals well defined and clear?

This morning, I was inspired listening to a podcast interview with Chris McChesney, co-author of the book The 4 Disciplines of Execution. Setting aside that book, which is all about executing on your “wildly important goals”, the author got me thinking about Stephen Covey.

One of Covey’s principles is beginning with the end in mind. If you look around you, how many people are simply floating through life not taking action towards any sort of vision or goal? 

The inspiring aspect of this topic for me is our unique human ability to use metacognition to create the life we desire. This is a topic I’m going to look to unpack much further in future posts, but I wanted to share a list of books I’ve read around this topic as a jumping off point for anyone interested in learning more. 

Start with the end in mind…

Stephen Covey

Goal Related Book Reccomendations

Action Steps – Goal Setting

  • Stop waiting.
  • Your perceived limits are a product of the mindset you choose.
  • Create “vivid visions”.
  • Break large goals into sprints, achievable in 90 days.
  • Focus on high payoff/leverage activities.
  • Set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound objectives.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb

Final Thoughts

Your goals are yours. What do you want? Don’t worry about what looks good on Instagram. Focus an unreasonable amount of energy towards smashing your goals!

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