Do you set plans or goals? Are plans the same as goals? For me they are very different. I set goals and make plans. Plans help me reach my goals. My goals are commitments that I will do everything in my control to achieve. Plans are something I make along the way. I am typically okay if I have to reroute my plans to achieve my goals but I am not happy if I have to sacrifice my goals for a plan.
Each week I set one or two goals that I plan to accomplish throughout the week. I generally have a plan on how I am going to achieve the goals but most of the time I have to divert from the plan. It’s important that even when things arise and I have to make a change I still work hard to achieve the goals. If you have to say no to certain plans because you need to reach a goal you should not feel guilty. Goals are things that are important to you. They are the big picture. So that doesn’t mean you set 20 goals for the week. Find big picture goals to accomplish. For example, I want to run a 1/2 marathon this year. So that does not mean that I need to run 13.1 miles this week. I do however need to pick a race, plan times when I can run, and make sure I have proper gear to reach my goal. If I miss running a few times a week I still stay on target and reach my goal.
So are you setting goals or just plans?