Finding What You Are Looking For

When I was in college, I remember staying up late one night with some of my other housemates discussing some of the more philosophical, esoteric, and mind blowing topics that you can only discuss in college at 2:00 AM.

Somehow, the conversation turned to the Ann Landers column. One of my housemates made the comment, “I remember reading a question someone sent to Ann Landers. They asked ‘How come the thing you are looking for is always in the last place you look?’ Can you believe someone asked that question?”

Well, now that he brought up the question, I was mildly curious. Why was the thing you were looking for always in the last place you looked?

So I asked him, “How did she answer?”

My housemate said, “Because typically you stop looking for it once you find it.”

Attain Your Goals By Including These Two Elements

The answer that my housemate provided sounded logical.

Yet, when you ask someone what their goals are, chances are that they will come back with some very fuzzy, unspecified, vague, nebulous thing that can hardly be called a specific target.

So with vague, nebulous, unspecified fuzzy targets, how do you know when it’s time to stop driving towards your goals or how much further you have to go to reach them?

If you don’t specifically know what you are looking for, how do you know when you can stop looking for it?

In the drive to attain your goals, it is too easy to redefine vague targets to match your effort instead of expending the extra effort to reach well-specified goals.

When creating your goals, include as many details as possible, and insure that your evidence procedure is measurable.