Are you facing some transitions in the coming months? Are you returning to the office? looking for a new job? in the midst of a relocation, considering retirement? Does setting goals or making commitments motivate you more to take action during this time?
What would a successful transition look and feel like for you? How do you plan to navigate this journey?
Tara McMullin, Founder of What Works, believes in leading with commitments. In her Commitment Blueprint she challenges us to examine the difference between goals and commitments so we can enjoy the journey and set a clear vision for our future.
I would agree with McMullin that sometimes in the midst of a transition it is hard to name your goals because you are not quite sure where you are going. A transition is a journey and it does not always go directly from point A to point B. In many of our transitions in life it is iterative, circular and nonlinear.
In fact, during a transition we actually have a “paradox of choice“. Too many options can sometimes paralyze us and it can be a very difficult time to set goals. Would it be easier to set commitments?
McMullin differentiates between goals and commitments in her Commitment Blueprint. What language appeals to you more? Outcome oriented, certainty and future focused? or Process oriented, embrace change, and rooted in present?
Jeff Diana also makes a claim for the value of commitments as a way to “help drive us towards our purpose.” Commitments hold our values and vision while honoring and integrating our strengths to move us forward.
What are some commitments you’d like to make during your transition? Let’s schedule a time to discuss your transition and consider how you can leverage your values and strengths to clarify your vision AND then make some commitments to get you there.