How to Focus Fuzzy Goals


Not every goal in life presents itself with a bulls-eye clearly marked.

Sometimes you know you want or need to move your life in a new direction, you see the direction, but can’t quite get the destination clear.

Better health. College degree. Happy life. Get a job. Publish a novel. Find a church. Get out of debt. Get married.

Those are all examples of Fuzzy Goals.

Reachable goals are focused.

A couple years ago I was lying in bed recovering from cancer surgery. I needed a goal or two that would keep me fighting to get well.

Browsing through Facebook I saw an ad for a webinar by a Blog Guru. It promised that I could learn to be a blogger and make money from the work. I bought the course and studied, and worked through the Modules.

I am fortunate to have opinions, and my college minor was English, so I had no difficulty writing blog posts. I count 60 posts that I have published.

But I have attracted only a dozen subscribers. A typical week sees only 4 who actually read the posts.

Something is wrong.

I have come to understand that my goal was unclear. Fuzzy.

My fuzzy goal was to ‘help people’ who wanted to reach Life Goals (again, Fuzzy).

An interesting thing about working toward a fuzzy goal is that when you get close to the target, you’re in the fuzz, and it can appear that you’ve hit the target.

Goals 101

Shoot at nothing and you’ll likely hit it, but, so what? What have you accomplished?

You can be very busy doing, and get nowhere.

It was time for me to take my own advice and learn more about Goals. I discovered there are:

Time Categories of Goals

1. Short-time goals – Changes and Improvements that can be accomplished in a few months to a year.

2. Long-time goals – Shaping yourself and your life that will potentially take years to complete.

3. Life-time goals – Results for these goals may take decades to realize.

Goals are reached in steps.

When the steps are carefully chosen, based on experience and study, the journey is quicker and more pleasant.

A coach is a good investment. Sometimes books, blogs, Internet search results can serve as coaches. Sometimes a flesh-and-blood coach is best.

Identify Your Goals

Get in an environment that encourages you to think, to reflect, to meditate. Have paper and pencil or your favorite device for recording your thoughts and ideas.

I like to work with noise in the background, the TV or music. That blocks out other intermittent noises that are distracting to me.

As you begin identifying goals you will undoubtedly include fuzzy ideas in your lists. That’s okay. It’s a starting point.

Create a written list, a Note on your phone, Google doc, something that you will have access to when a thought or insight pops.

Some prompts that might help you uncover your true goals:

>>You have met your Genie and have heard the fateful words, “You have three wishes to ask of me.” Only three. What would you wish for?

>>List what you DON’T want.

>>Describe your ideal self.

>>Write your eulogy.

>>What accomplishment idea motivates you to ‘get up and do’?

>>In Reflection mode: think about your life as a block-buster movie. What scenes and accomplishments would be featured?

Own Your Goals

Send me a copy of your list. I’m interested in what you want to accomplish. You can use the Comment box online or email me: eldon@eldonroberts.com

Oh, regarding my Goals for writing this blog and the content that I publish, I recently participated in a series of Webinars from Michael Hyatt which helped me clarify my purpose and my message.

Next week we’ll look at the 7 categories of goals and ways to build paths to accomplishment.