I am often asked if it’s wise to share our goals or should we keep them to ourselves? My answer is generally the same, choose your confidants wisely. Be careful with whom you share your hopes, dreams and goals for the future.
Just because you can see the future clearly, doesn’t necessarily mean those around you have the same view. Here’s my advice:
1. Steer clear of the dream stealers. It pains me to say this, but sometimes the biggest dream stealers are those closest to you – the ones you believe should be cheering you on. Remember, we are all viewing the world through our own eyes and our own experiences. If someone cannot see the future clearly for themselves, they cannot see it clearly for you either.
2. Share your goals only with other success-oriented people. Do you have an empowered and encouraging group of friends or business associates who are also going for their goals?
Is it time to begin an accountability group or a mastermind group? I believe it is an important aspect of goal achievement to be part of a community of like-minded people who are also setting and working consistently toward achieving their goals. Here’s some food for thought: If you cannot find a group of success-oriented people, you may want to find a coach or mentor to work with you and show you how to stay on track.
3. Make your family part of your goal achieving. If you are looking for support and encouragement from your family, let them know how they too will benefit when you achieve your goals. For example if your goals include a family vacation, let the family know how they can help you achieve your goals. Family members are more likely to respect your time when they can understand and appreciate exactly what you are working toward.
Please be aware that the opposite can also be true. If you are working toward something that your family may not agree with or approve of – a divorce, moving out of the family home, etc., the family may not be encouraging or supportive.
Bottom line: Use your best judgment when deciding with whom to share your goals. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by sharing your goals with those who will disapprove or discourage. On the other hand, it is empowering and exciting to share your plans with those who will nonjudgmentally hold you accountable. I’ll say it again, choose your confidants wisely.
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