Goals & Strategies in 2010
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2010 Challenge

The next time you set aside time to consider your goals,  discipline yourself to spend 80% of the time on the question, "What am I wanting as it relates to my health?"  Once you get there, it really will feel right.  Wait for that feeling, even if it takes several sessions to consider.  After that, spend the next 20% of the time on strategies or the how-to's.
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Goals & Strategies

When we use the terminology "goals" and "strategies" in our task oriented culture, we often collapse the meaning and use both words interchangeably, typically focusing on the "how-to's" of strategies.   

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as follows...
2 : the end toward which effort is directed
2 a : a careful plan or method : a clever stratagem b : the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal

Strategies represent a plan that will certainly work if only people will do them.  There is no end to strategies that could work.  The question is will they work for you?

A simple way to find your goal is to ask the question, "What am I wanting for myself?"  The answer to that question is the true goal.  It is that simple. 

Goals and strategies are both important.  This is not a discussion meant to diminish the importance of strategies, but to raise the level of attention on goals to at least equal status.  There are two major dilemmas that occur when goals and strategies are collapsed as if they are the same thing.

First, is that in a society that focuses more on tasks and the how-to's of strategy than on people, we find that most of us are weak in our understanding of internal motivation.  We often do not know the answer to the question, "What am I wanting?", because we have never stopped to consider the question deeply enough to get the answer. 

Secondly, if we rely on external motivators it is very easy to find another expert (or even a friend or family member) who disagrees with our current strategy and lets us off the hook emotionally.  We were never truly committed in the first place. We were just in agreement that we would give the strategy a try. 

Trusting you will develop an understanding of what you are wanting in 2010,

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