What comes first, the goal or the reason why?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses how the reason behind the goal comes before the plan to achieve the goal.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What comes first the goal or the reason why?

    Gary Ryan Blair: There are three components when it comes to a goal. There is a what, there is a why and there is how. But right now we will talk about from the standpoint of an organization or a sequential system what comes first. The what is the goal as we mention it needs to be stated in a specific measurable time bound language. The why is the motivation, the fuel. The best co-relation to make is look at your automobile for just a moment. It doesn't really matter how expensive your car is, whether it is a very expensive Mercedes or it is an inexpensive vehicle. The fact is if you look at in compare to gasoline that's in the car which fuels it, you have to ask yourself what's more important? Which has greater functional value and what you will realize real quickly is that automobile, that Mercedes does not have any gas. You are not going anywhere. That's really important because there are a lot of people in life that have great ideas and they have got some terrific degrees and they have got some wonderful plans for their for lives but unfortunately they are not motivated, they don't have any gas in the tank. So if the question almost refers it back to what comes first the chicken or the egg? The why always comes before the what and I will give you one more way of looking at it too. Let's just say you are a crime scene investigator and you show up on a murder scene. First thing you have to do is you have got to look at it and say what comes first? Motive or murder. Now when you show up to a murder scene you will realize very quickly, a murder has taken place. Once -- you are really going to be interested in finding two things. One who perpetrated the crime? But secondly what was the motive for the crime? What you will realize and what any investigator does realizes, motive always comes before the act if you will. The same thing is true in any goal setting initiative. You have to identify your reasons why because that's what provides fuel and incentive and motivation and excitement and passion in order to achieve the goal. So it is very important that you clarified upfront and I would say you this much, the worst of all whys is when people say I do not know or just because and that's equivalent to tossing 25 cents in your gas tank. You can't go real fast.