Purpose vs Goals
You know I always mention about “the purpose behind your training” and I always say the purpose is not the same thing as a goal.
I never trained myself without a purpose. I always had something behind, a purpose for training, a purpose for competing. Training or working out for the sake of it was never an option for me.
This is what I believe or how I feel the difference between the purpose and the goal.
Defining the Purpose and Goal
First let’s define the two terms.
A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
A purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. A person’s sense of determination.
So from the definition we can tell that purpose is the big picture.
When we look at weight loss, exercising for health or toning, goals are very important, but if there’s not purpose behind your weight loss or toning you will get bored and stop, or simply give up when the tough get tough.
Then of course you want to reach your goals so you start again. And because there is no purpose you stop and so on so forth..
You need to find the purpose behind your training, so you give meaning to your training.
So here are some differences between Purpose and Goal and I see things. I suggest you actually take your goal now and try to find the purpose behind it.
1. A goal has a deadline, in many cases a purpose doesn’t
2. The purpose is the reason you want to reach your goal
3. Purpose gives meaning to your actions, and even your life
4. Goals have a specific aim, the purpose doesn’t
5. You can have many milestones and goals to get close to your purpose
6. Your purpose will influence your goals
7. Your purpose is your mission. Purpose is personal and it’s who you are.
8. Goals are, or should be, aligned with your purpose
I’ll try to give an example from my life right now. In obstacle racing my purpose is to become an elite racer.
My purpose has no deadline and it’s not really measurable.
The immediate goal, which has a deadline and it is measurable, is to finish at least one race in top 10 by the end of the year.
My purpose will gives meaning to my actions: training, nutrition, mindset, lifestyle of an elite racer.
Becoming an elite racer is the reason I was to achieve my goal.
And my purpose influences my goals. If my purpose was different than the goal would have changed. Does that make any sense at all?
How do you find the purpose
I am sure there are loads of ways to do this. But as I like to keep things simple, as much as I can, I always ask “WHY” many, many times.
I learnt this from my coaches. I just liked the simplicity and put it into practice and it works.
Plus I can see the results when my coach Amanda asks “why” 100 times to get to the roots of what I am doing, so I can see it works even on myself.
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