This may be a bit GTD off topic for some but I've had an epiphany about setting and achieving goals and wanted some perspective from other GTDers.
I've been setting goals and making action plans to achieve goals most of my adult life. Some I've achieved in whole or in part while making little progress on others.
A few months ago I set a goal to lose a certain percentage of weight. For various reasons, my motivation is extremely high to the point where I totally believe that I will achieve the goal, no matter what it takes, and have described the goal to my wife, personal trainer and nutritionist as something I will do no matter what and as being something that is one step beyond a goal-something that I just flat out totally intend to do.
I'm using the old analogy of an airplane being programmed to fly to a certain destination. If I'm on course, fine, but if I'm off course, I make "adjustments".
So far, so good-great actually. The plane is on course and may even land ahead of schedule.
The huge learning for me is that I now believe that many of my prior "goals" have really been wishes or things I would like to have happen in my life, but that my will and/or intention to make them happen has varied widely from a strong motivation to a "wouldn't it be nice if that happened but I'm not going to do anything different".
Should we even call something a goal if our commitment to achieve the goal is less than total?
Is this a question of semantics? Is this a ho-hum or have I discovered something very important for myself (even if I'm the last person to get this insight)?
If we would like to have something happen in our lives, are we better off spending more time on our motivation and self-examination to achieve the goal or on coming up with action plans to make it happen. In my case, the action planning seemed to evolve from the initial commitment.
I'd be curious to hear from the GTDers who have had similar experiences-experiencing such a totlal commitment to achieving something that it felt like a "super goal" or something qualitatively different.