This week was very focus on goals…first at work we had a deadline to have the goals in the system, so even if we don’t give it as a priority, we had to have it completed. It turned out a great thing as we needed to give time to do it, no matter what.

But then is about how much we are going to take it at the heart, and in my experience, it is very hard to focus on the goals, looks like it is secondary in the daily activities. I really try to have it in mind, but then it is about to follow up, to monitor, to measure, take action…and turns out a lot of work, which then it is not necessary a priority. I am talking about work and about personal life.

For the last couple of years, in the New Year we had been talking about what are the new year resolutions, and this year we (I mean me and my family) actually wrote them down in a template, and we are doing something about that. I feel it is being quite challenging but, if we have the awareness it is easier to recognize the accomplishment, and easier to celebrate!

Man!!! We have all the benefits to build our goals, and be mindful about them!

I learned a lot at work and the model and templates we use is very useful. Also I have been reading some books, and I like to have it in sections of life, like: Self, Home, Work, Community. (from Total Leadership- Stew Friedman).

Then when we identify what to develop we need to be aware what the competencies we need to develop, so we can have them and practice in other subjects of our life.

All our goals need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely.

The goals in our life can be built with a set of milestones of a roadmap, and of course they are not static, as the things we don’t know and can’t predict can change our dreams.

When I was 7 years old, I wanted to be a Flight attendant, when I was 14 a journalist, when I was 16, I wanted to be a doctor, then at the age of 21, Chemical Engineer, and now in my late thirties I want to be a coach!

WOW!!! A lot of change! But the life is like that, we learn, we grow and reset the goals, but the learnings, the competencies that we are uploading in ourselves is the most valuable thing in our life!

Funny also is the capacity to dream!

Lately I am saying to my family that they don’t need to worry about about money! I am going to be rich in 5 years! Having the full money for college of my son, fund the retirement of my parents… It is a good goal! What I am going to do about that?

I did the Euro millions, the lottery, while I was in Portugal! Not even a single match number!!! I can’t control that, apart keep playing and spend that lucky money which doesn’t mean nothing to me.

So be happy and get rich! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! I feel like laugh when I say that! It doesn’t look like true! But I can work in the milestones…perhaps I can start to think what makes me happy…finding my WHY (Simon Sinek), and build my roadmap from there, the Visonboard, with my goals identified.

July 2011- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

Wait for more to come…it starts to be a journey!

After this post…don’t think in goals quite yet, but think in what is your DREAM!

Then we will build the plan after that.

Thank you


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