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Set Goals or Solve Problems?

We hear a lot about goals and goal-setting…you know, how to be positive-minded, reaching for the stars and letting nothing interfere with achieving all that we’ve determined is our destiny.  But what if that’s not the right focus for some of us? Would that surprise anyone?  I would like to just throw out another way of thinking about it in this article.  I believe there are those of us who are natural goal-setters and then there are some of us who are terribly frustrated by all the goal-setting activities in which we feel forced to participate.  I believe this second group of people are energized by problem-solving rather than goal-setting.  Now, solving problems doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as setting goals, but don’t buy into that just yet.

Let me ask you this:  Do you remember playing sports in elementary school?  Do you remember if it meant more to you to score points, or if you were motivated by keeping the other team from scoring points?  In any good team, there’s offense and defense.  For every visionary who’s out there dreaming up stuff to do and deciding on deadlines and “goals,” there are others in the background, taking those dreams, visions and plans and figuring out HOW to make it happen.  Those are the problem-solvers.  Do you think a team could get along if everyone were the same?  Can you imagine a basketball team where everyone was an offensive player and there was no defense?  That would be a train wreck, not a basketball game.  When my son was growing up, he played soccer.  At first he was put into the “forward” position, which was not a good plan.  He didn’t do well; but when he was put into the position of a goalie, he excelled.

So, this begs two questions – 1) Which kind of person are you?  and 2) When you figure that out, do you have someone else in your life and business to balance things out?  Even if you are a solo-preneur, or if you happen to be partnered up with someone with the same gifting as you, what are the ways you could bring balance to your team?  The first thing that comes to mind is a small mastermind group.  For example, if you AND your partner are both visionaries and goal-setters, make sure you are in a group with people who are gifted in problem-solving, people who can keep your feet on the ground, so to speak. And, of course, the opposite is true.

Just by being aware of this big difference in the way we naturally are wired, it can save us lots of frustration and will also keep us from feeling critical toward those who are different.

What do you think?  Do you know which you are?  Have you found the balance in your life and business?

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