Keeping the Momentum: definition of objectives

Keeping the Momentum: definition of objectives

Lorena Thierry – April 13, 2015

You are so focused on meeting your goals you have lost sight of anything but the same. Sustaining the momentum in meeting our goals, is it easy or difficult? Surely you have set a goal that is especially important for you in your professional, academic or personal development. This objective has probably covered much of your intellectual and emotional time because it required great efforts in order to be achieved. Similarly, it is likely that once you did, you experienced great happiness and satisfaction for yourself. However, it is also possible that afterwards you experienced a sense of confusion and even thought a variant of "what now?" loosing the momentum.


What happens is that you have put so much effort into something, you lost sight of the big picture; for a moment, you replaced your long-term goals, with short-term objectives. And once you have reach them, they lose meaning or importance.

This process is usually quite common when we set our goals and objectives. The key to understanding the reason for this, is to understand the difference between short-, medium- and long-term objectives and not confuse each other.

The short term goals are what we call “operational goals”, while the medium-term are “tactical” and long term are merely “strategic”. The three types are always concatenated and affect each other, so we must find their relationship to focus our energy properly instead of displaying individual or separate efforts.

The first step to do this is to define what our strategic objectives are, ie, what we seek to do over a period of at least five years. For this, we need to take other steps that bring us slowly thereto; these are the medium-term objectives. To meet those, we need resources and development of skills, ie, our short-term objectives. It is necessary to identify each of the steps in advance, as this will allow us to have an action plan much more solid. While it is good to define in advance, this does not mean we can not change it during its course, because as we get to know new things, our interests tend to expand or change.

Although this planning is often thought linearly, it rarely happens that way. What tends to happen is that we develop certain skills (short term goals) that help us meet targets in the medium term, however, is not sufficient to achieve the “ultimate goal” and we must rethink more short-term goals to keep fighting for what we want.

If we have well identified what we want to achieve, it is usually easier to redirect our attention and energy on meeting goals once we reach the previous, so we can save time and effort. In addition to not lose momentum and motivation when we did, because we know that part of a plan that although it will take a great time, we will provide tremendous benefits.

We should note that the definition of objectives in our life must be a recurrent activity, and that the more we approach our long-term objectives, we need that we plant new goals. Keep inertia gives meaning to our lives and our daily activities.