Do you think that having five or ten year goals or even longer is useful or a waste of time?


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Planning is definitely useful in both your personal and professional life. But how useful is it to plan for many years in the future? To what extent does it guide you to your goal and to what extent is it just sheer fantasizing?

I discussed this topic with my guests on this edition of Quick Hits — mastermind coach Lisa McDonald; speaker and entrepreneur Coach MJ Tolan; and business consultant Kevin Wash.

They all agreed that long term goals can be very useful, given a number of caveats, such as the personality of that person and the nature of the goal. Plus, we should always pay attention to how we’re developing and remember that our goals can change.

“There’s so much baggage around goal setting,” Lisa told us. “It’s important to recognize where you are and ask yourself, ‘Why do I want this?’”

“Be careful,” Coach MJ advised. “Don’t get me started on how many people go emotionally bankrupt by trying to have their business be the all-in of everything.”

Kevin Wash agreed, adding that we shouldn’t get too fixated on our goals because “sometimes what you want isn’t as good as you think it might be.”

Talking with these three great minds gave me a great deal of clarity on the nature of goal-setting and I hope it does the same for you.

That said, do you think long term goals are useful?

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