Many of us view goal setting as a linear process. We decide on the goal, perhaps even breaking it down into small steps to make it feel less intimidating and more achievable, and then start moving towards it until it is attained. This process works, especially for people who are busy and need to be able to cross things off their list. The downside of this approach, is that it can subvert the incredibly important and life-long skill of setting goals into a process with a start and an end, a quasi tick-box exercise that, while it may create some short-term change and lead to some positive outcomes, will seldom result in long-term positive change and truly exceptional results.
In truth, goal-setting should be a circular process, one that has neither a beginning nor an end. In a truly driven business or individual, the setting of goals and more importantly, the quest for continual improvement, becomes a part of the DNA, not something that can be ticked off on a list. This is a mirror of the Japanese philosophy of Kaisen, an approach that strives to do things a little better each and every day – the idea being that the habitual setting and achieving of small goals will translate into big success, and support lasting and positive change.
In this instalment of the Catalyst, we take a fresh look at how your goals can unlock lasting success, from Anton Ressel’s article on the most important rule for any business, to the inspirational story of radio personality Naledi Moleo, and even an article on how to make failure your friend, which is the first resource in our new section dedicated to mentors and business growth providers, Mentor Talk.
I hope you achieve all your goals this year, but more importantly, I hope you make goal setting and self-improvement a habit in yourself and in your business – because once you do, the sky really is the limit!
CEO and Founder of Fetola