Bridges to Nowhere: Obstacles to Achieving our Biggest Goals

Bridges to Nowhere: Obstacles to Achieving our Biggest Goals

Goals matter. They help us focus our limited time and energy on what matters most. But the real world makes achieving our most ambitious goals difficult. In this program, Dr. Andrew Hill joins Katie Garretson in discussing why we struggle with our biggest, most important goals, and what we can do about it.

Bridges to Nowhere: Obstacles to Achieving our Biggest Goals
  • What Are Your B.H.A.G.s? Introduction to Bridges to Nowhere

    We should all have "Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals" (BHAGs), but we should also be able to anticipate the challenges to achieving those goals.

  • Obstacle 1: Ambition vs. Planning

    It's good to set SMART goals, but the more ambitious a goal, the harder it is to set a goal that's SPECIFIC, ACHIEVABLE, and TIME-BOUND.

  • Obstacle 2: The Future is Not Clear

    Human beings are not very good at thinking about the future. We tend to under-value future benefits and over-value present benefits, and we also tend to give our future selves too much to do.

  • Obstacle 3: Time Management is Hard

    Time management is hard! First, we often focus on "urgent" things at the expense of what really matters. Second, we usually don't control how we spend all our time.

  • Tip 1: Planning That Supports Your Ambitious Goals

    You have to be prepared to ADAPT your goal plan, and you need to break your big, long-term goals into small, short-term goals.

  • Tip 2: Realism About Your Future

    Being realistic about your future will help you avoid procrastinating, because you'll understand more clearly the value of what you do now.

  • Tip 3: Discipline in Time Management

    Be generous with yourself. Block out time to do the things that really matter.

  • Katie Ward Bio

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    Katie Ward is the manager of BurnBright.TV. She is a Pepperdine University graduate with a degree in Psychology and Nonprofit Management. She has dedicated her time and education to the nonprofit sector and has worked for various organizations. She has lived in the United States, the Dominican Re...

  • Andrew Hill Bio

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    Before co-founding BurnBright, Andrew was a professor at the U.S. Army War College, where he taught senior national security professionals. As the War College's first Chair of Strategic Leadership, Andrew's research focused on connecting people, strategy, and innovation. He has a doctorate from H...