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 esoteric 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 provided by my housemate sounded logical.
Yet, when you ask someone what their goals are, chances are that they will recite some nebulous thing that can hardly be called a specific target.
So with unspecified, fuzzy targets, how do you know how much further you have to go to reach them? More importantly, how will you know when it’s time to stop driving towards your goals?
If you don’t know specifically what you are looking for, how will you know when you can stop looking for it?
In the drive to attain your goals, it’s easy to redefine vague targets to match your effort. It’s easy to say, “That’s good enough.”
Instead of taking the easy way out, create well-specified goals [see here on time management] and expend the extra effort to reach them.
When you are creating your goals, 1) include as many details as possible, and 2) ensure your evidence procedure is measurable.