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Key Difference Between Goals Vs Objectives

Perry Lai

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In this article I am going to demystify for you the key difference between goals vs objectives.

When people are setting their goals, very often they get confused between what the difference is between goals vs objectives. Very simply, you have a goal for yourself because you have set an objective. For example, if you have set yourself an objective to become more successful in life, then your goals that you set would be to point towards success in life. Another example would be if you have set an objective for yourself that you want to become better time manager, then your goal you set for yourself will be for example, to finish three articles a day as compared to procrastinating. So the objective that you set is very related to the goal that you set. You first set yourself the objective that you want to get back and then craft out the goal that would help you to achieve that objective.

Very often in the rules of NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming, we say the map is not equal to the territory. Remember that whatever you see, may not be the actual reality that you get in return. So when you are setting a goal sometimes this goal you have set is a wrong goal because it isn't satisfying the objective that you want. So the first thing you want to do before you set the goal is to make sure that the objectives of what you want in return is very clear. When you have the objectives clear, the goals you set will become complementary in return. So the key difference between goals vs objectives is that the objectives come first before the goals are set.

Perry is a trainer with Singapore's largest training company. Using what he learnt from his NLP master trainer mentors, he was able to quit his dead end civil service job and work as a platform speaker and intrapreneur. With his personally designed success system of the “Empowering Communicator", he now helps others achieve success a step at a time using communication skills. Click here to find out more about goals vs objectives


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