Means & Ends Goals:
Ends Goals are defined as an outcome that describes exactly what you want.
Means Goals are the plan and path or "things" to help you achieve your Ends Goals.
A common mistake people make when setting goals is to confuse means goals for end goals. When they mistakenly do this, happiness is not achieved because it isn't what they really want. Then, as a result, they go back to old patterns.
Here is an example.
Eve wants to lose 30 pounds. Is this a means goal or an end goal? She thinks it's an end goal, but is it really?
Why does Eve want to lose 30 pounds?
Her doctor told her that the extra weight has made her pre-diabetic. If she doesn't lose it, she could develop type 2 diabetes.
If she develops type 2 diabetes, she will never be able to take that wine tasting tour of Napa Valley that she's dreamed of for years. The end goal here is the tour of Napa Valley. The means goals are losing weight and avoiding type 2 diabetes.
Or dare I say, "Goodbye and Good Riddance!" It has been a challenging year for almost everybody and to different degrees. I think we are all ready for a re-set. Although COVID has posed many disruptions to our lives, I think it allowed us to re-evaluate our lives. I know it did for me. So now, as we head into 2021, it is the perfect time to think about what you've learned and what you want for your life going forward. Seize this opportunity!
1.Make a list of your goals for your life THROUGH YOUR WELLNESS. (Like Eve in the example.) Just free-write.
2.Once you've done that, on another piece of paper or page in your journal, make two columns. Title one, "Means Goals" and one "End Goals."
3.Separate your goals from your free-write list into each of the two columns.
4.After you've done that, take a look at your end goals column and evaluate if any of those goals will lead to other goals in that column.
You should discover after you do this exercise that you need to move many of the items in your ends goal column to your means goal column.
Here’s an example:
Step 1: Free write your goals
Step 2: Separate your list into means & ends goals (it might look something like this)
Step 3: Evaluate the ends goal column.
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