Goals and Objectives
The key differences between them - and why you need both.
1. Based in the future
2. Always looking towards a Goal
3. Based on failing until you succeed
1. Based in the present
2. Focused on action
3. Succeed until you fail (based on a failure being time based)
Being solely focused on a Goal can have a negative effect as you are measuring yourself against an ideal situation that doesn't yet exist. This can hit your confidence and self belief, as progress can be hampered through lack of perceived results.
On the other side of the coin, being focused purely on an Objective, gives great impetus and drive for action now, and seeing visible progress from a known point in the past towards a specific outcome at a future point in time.
In isolation, an objective doesn't help with long term progress as it becomes activity with an outcome for it's own sake. For it to have a longer term impact and meaning, it needs a higher level goal for it's aim to have meaning.