They say if your goals don’t scare you a little, they aren’t big enough.
When President John Kennedy spoke of putting a man on the moon, it was unthinkable. And then it happened. It was one of those moments that everyone stopped and turned on the television to watch. We watched it because it was achieved. It was 1969 and I clearly remember the setting and people in the room when that happened and we watched. Something that was unthinkable was achieved. We watched, knowing if this is possible, what else is possible?
What’s your “man in the moon” goal for your career? For the team? For the company? For your industry? For mankind? Why not you?
What “man in the moon” goals have you achieved? I was the first in my family to graduate from college. That was my Dad’s “man in the moon” goal. Okay it might have been mine too with my GPA. All the technology that we use today without thought (unless they aren’t fast enough) or entertainment or new biochemistry that heals what used to be a death sentence are all someone’s dream of changing the world and “man in the moon” projects.
When you go to work today, take a few minutes and think about what changes would make the process more efficient, effective, profitable, safer or generally more pleasant or better.
Back to your goals… What goal would you like to go after, but it seems too big? What skills would you need to learn, practice or develop? What behaviors do you exhibit that are getting in the way of those crazy big goals? What support do you need to get started?
To know if you’re really interested in that goal, ask yourself the series of whys from the LEAN thought process. This series of asking “Why did this happen?” five times until you get to the root cause works with values, too. But the why question is a little different. You need to ask yourself “Why is this important to me?”
This might require a little quiet time. You may need to have someone you trust ask the series of whys to hold you to answering them. In the process you’ll find the heart of what’s really important to you. Is it connected to your goal? Is your core value contraindicative to your goal? If not, then move on to what’s really important.
In fact, when you realize what’s really important, do a little self-assessment about how close your team or career are aligned with those values. Then create some freaky big goals.
By the way, those ideas not only make the world around you better, they then move your career forward.
Let me know if you would like additional resources to make goal setting successful to you!