Identify one goal you have (i.e., “My goal is to…”). This can be related to your job, your family, your finances, starting a new business, purchasing a new car—anything you would like to gain in the future. Under your stated goal, write down five things you plan to do to achieve this goal. Next, have two people (e.g., family, friends, peers) identify five things they think you can do to accomplish this goal. Lastly, compare what you have written down to achieve your goal as well as what others have written and respond to the following questions:
- How would you react if none of the plans you made turned out the way they were supposed to?
- What if, in the middle of working toward your goal, the goal changed?
- If you reached your goal exactly as you planned it, what would you have learned about yourself?
- What type of life do you think you would lead if everything went according to your plans?
My goal is to start my own business in very near future. If possible I would like to start by 2020 or 2021.
- Save as much money as possible while I have the job
- Learn as much as about the business I want to start
- Reading books to gain more knowledge
- Attending workshops to learn more and develop skill
- Getting partially started while keeping my full time job, so I can transition out in case everything works out per plan
How would you react if none of the plans you made turned out the way they were supposed to?
It depends on whether or not my goal has changed. Let us consider my goal is still the same.
In that case I would analyze which of my plans did not work out. And why those did not work out. I will contemplate on reasons and if I can do something to make those plans work. Say, I need a mentor who can help me with resources or sharing his own experience. In this case, I will try again but only after I have understood why my plans failed and I have taken necessary measures.
There could a second possible scenario – my plans did not work out I expected them to be but my original goal has changed. In this case I will use the knowledge or learnings I can salvage from all failures. Which plans failed and why they failed. And what needed to be done differently to make those plans work. All these learnings can help me in future with a new goal or in similar situation.
What if, in the middle of working toward your goal, the goal changed?
If the goal change in midway, then I need to analyze the situation and figure out the reason for the change. It is possible for example in my case the economy turned too bad and leaving my job has become risky. In that case I need to postpone my plan. Or if my goal changes to something bigger or better than first of all I will find out what should be next steps and how I can reach my new goal. Then I will need to contemplate on what I have already done if I can use those knowledge towards fulfilling my new goals. For example, someone wanted buy an used car now his goal is to buy a brand new car. He can still use what he has done so far such as saving up money or learning how to drive, things like that.
There is another possibility that the goal had to change because of some regulatory change or something so I needed a new goal. IF the change is really drastic, still I can plan out how I can reach the new goal and analyze and contemplate on if I could reuse any knowledge or anything that sort towards achieving new goal. The idea is to using what I have (including knowledge) in terms of resources in optimal way.
If you reached your goal exactly as you planned it, what would you have learned about yourself?
Speaking from my life experience which including my work experience, nothing goes exactly planned. We always need contingent plan too to reach the same goal.
But, when I reach my goal, I will reflect on what I did to get there. How did my plans worked out, if anything did not go as I planned, what I learned from that situation and what I could do or will do in future to avoid such situation. If there is anything else I could have done or what I did, could I do anything differently to achieve same result.
If there was no failure in plans and every plan was executed as expected then my learning about myself would be, I had a good idea about my goal and how I could achieve that.
What type of life do you think you would lead if everything went according to your plans?
Life is always an opportunity to learn and improvise. To be honest nothing goes according to my plans in real life. But in case everything went according to my plan, I would be happy and surprised too. My life would be interesting in a way that I will always try to think how to plan even better and if there is a better way of doing the same thing I am doing. And if I am so good with planning probably I will like to share that with my co-workers too and anyone else who is interested or could use some planning skill.