Are Your Goals Too Easy?
Mark Murphy, author of "HARD Goals: The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be," says getting from where you are to where you want to be in your career, business and life is more about attempting a difficult target—even if you miss—than attempting an easy target and succeeding.
"An appropriately difficult goal is going to require you to learn," Murphy says. "It's going to stretch your brain, excite some neurons, amp you up and awaken your senses."
Murphy's leadership training consultancy studied nearly 5,000 workers across a wide field of businesses, and what he discovered is that HARD Goals engage the brain in a way that is totally different from the goals most people set. What's a HARD Goal? The acronym stands for:
- Heartfelt: You're emotionally attached to it.
- Animated: You've got a vision of its accomplishment.
- Required: You feel such a sense of urgency that you must act now.
- Difficult: You must be challenged by it.
- The goal is totally within your comfort zone, and feels easy.
- The goal is "pretty much" within your comfort zone, but not exciting.
- The goal is a little outside your comfort zone, and makes you nervous.
- The goal is definitely outside your comfort zone, and makes you uncomfortable.
- The goal is way outside your comfort zone, and causes anxiety.
Try this simple analysis of your goals and see!