Achievement of Short Term Goals and Long Term Goals is the water and food, respectively, that nourishes a Relationship so that it can grow.
Water is essential to sustain life. A person going without water for more than 3 days will die. Such is the case of a Relationship without Short Term Goals.
Food is needed for growth and nourishment, but more time can be taken to gather, grow, or hunt food. Having water leads to the ability to have food.
A person needs both to survive, to be nourished, and to thrive. Such is the case of a Relationship in regards to Short Term Goals and Long Term Goals. A Relationship needs both Short Term Goals and Long Term Goals to survive, be nourished and to thrive.
Balance of Goals:
Organizations tend to be oriented towards Short Term Goals or Long Term Goals. However, many do not have and maintain the balance of both. Both are essential. Many organizations will list off very lofty, very large, Long Term Goals. “Save the World” or what I refer to as “Boil the Ocean” are the type of Long Term Goals that are often set forth. Yet, without Short Term Goals, the Relationship is unable to survive long enough to achieve the Long Term Goals.
Other organizations have many Short Term Goals. Their focus is on their shoe laces and not on the horizon. They are frantically handling a myriad of Short Term Goals leading to…well, that’s just the point. It is unclear often to where these Short Term Goals are leading when there are no Long Term Goals. Without the Long Term Goals, the Relationship may start off quickly, but will fade or drift off track before achieving the Vision.
Regardless of whether it is a Short Term Goal or a Long Term Goal, the goal needs to be a SMART goal. My book “Six Strand Weave” has a chapter describing the InFocus ™ wheel and SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Accomplishment Driven, Relevant, and Time Bound. This acronym works nicely in English and does not translate readily to other languages. However, the concepts are still the same. The first letter of each concept when stated in English gives the word that describes these concepts.
What I will do in the blogs after Thanksgiving is share the underlying principles for each type of goal, Short Term Goals and Long Term Goals. I will give some illustrations of each, provide some tips on common problems, and also share ways to avoid or resolve them.