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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

End Goals VS Mean Goals

Are you heading towards the wrong goal? People sometimes loose track as Steve Paulina points out in this article about End Goals VS Mean Goals.

"A common goal-setting mistake (in my opinion) is to confuse end goals with means goals. End goals define outcomes where you’re unwilling to compromise — they describe exactly what you want. Means goals, on the other hand, define one of many paths to reach your end goals."


Erika Jackson over at Lifetrekinc has a Goal Setting 101 to check out also.

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