Setting Yearly Goals (Realism or Surrealism)

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Structuring your Yearly Goals

My most important goal this year is: staying alive. Everything else pales in comparison for me, only the living can have goals. That aside, we face the age-old debate of setting realistic or unrealistic yearly goals.

First, let us exhume the intricacies of the first school of thought: realistic goals. A friend of mine recently told me, “I am reviewing my goals and I’m about to drop a lot. I can’t kill myself; I’m taking it easy this year.”

This was part of a conversation we had regarding expectations made at the beginning of 2019 and the reality at the end of the year.

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It is a solid example of the realistic school of thought. People who belong to this school of thought are perhaps pessimists, but for good reason. The disappointment of not reaching those set goals is overwhelming for this group of people.


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Relevance of a Realistic Approach

What is important in this school of thought is putting yourself in positions where you are less likely to fail than succeed. What is the point of setting goals you know you can’t achieve? Goals should only be within reason, and must not include products of fantasies or wishful thinking.

This school of thought is best described as the practical bunch. They are very much against excesses, whether in thought or in action. A thing created should be exercised to its full capabilities. So, why create a list of things far outside your abilities, when you could be focusing on more accessible areas?

For this group, one shouldn’t be afraid to start small and work one’s way up gradually till your reality equals your imagination. This gives your yearly goals more credibility at the end of the year, as your clearance rate would be higher. Consequently, you end the year satisfied with a clear indicator of your progress. This means you can properly track your growth, and map out areas that need closer attention and details.

This all sounds very applicable, doesn’t it? Well, watch out for the next post; dissecting the second school of thought: surrealism (unrealistic).

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