The new year has started – it’s now 2021! If one thing became abundantly clear in 2020, is that the world keeps changing. How has the ever changing environment had an impact on the goals you’ve set for yourself? And what are your new goals for 2021?

Obviously, Corona wasn’t the only thing that affected your 2020. No doubt, other factors have played their parts in your success last year. The people you’ve worked with, or those you’ve decided no longer to work with, have been of influence. New clients, old clients, or new partners.

But how are you going to direct this year, knowing that anything can change at any given moment?

In November of 2019, the first reports came about a virus in China, called Covid-19. Who could have known what its global impact would be? Unfortunately, in March, the rest of the world knew that it would be affected.

So – How are you going to tackle that in 2021?

Do you have new goals for 2021?

Have you set your Goals, and will you do whatever it takes to realize those goals?

Or will you be a little flexible, regarding those goals? As in: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the starts? (It’s a cliché, we know..!)

We’d like to propose have a few kinds of goals. Three kinds, specifically.

#1: Long term Goal

How you do you envision the world in a couple of years? Say, 5 to 7 years? And how can you make a tangible impact on that?

The type of Goal we propose people set, in our trainings, is a real long term goal. A big, hairy, audacious Goal, where co-workers and colleagues will be inspired by because it motivates them to contribute to something larger than themselves.

However: Specify. Make it tangible. It should be able to be measured, which allows it to be realized. Do you have this kind of Goal yet? If not, start with some long term Goal setting.

A favorite example is Elon Musk: We’re going to Mars.

Goal of SpaceX is going to Mars!

#2: Short term Goals (a.k.a. Objectives)

Of course, after setting the long term Goals, we still have to do things on a day to day basis.

Which is why it’s important to set (two)yearly goals, which we will call objectives. Obviously, these has to be specified as well, just like the long term Goals. Again: If you can measure it, you can realize it.

It should make sense to you that the Objectives are an essential part of the long term Goal, because it should contribute to its realization.

So, if you want to go to Mars, the right tech, the right rockets, and the right funding must be realized. These are just examples of having the right Objectives to help realize the long term Goal.

What are your long term new goals?

The above mentioned Goals and Objectives should make sense to you. These are the most obvious.

Whoever has set their mind to setting Goals, will come across these kinds. Naturally.

However, since this is Vision Forward, and we have our unique methodology, we know that the two kinds of Goals mentioned above, are useless. At least, when you’re not paying attention to the third kind, which we dubbed Goals of Beliefs.

#3: Goals of Beliefs

So what’s this?

As you might know, our non-conscious beliefs are essential to the success we aim to. For your old goals and your new goals. As long are you do not non-consciously believe in the value of something, you won’t take action on it.

It’s simple, but definitely not easy.

Which is why we recommend Goals of Beliefs.

What are your non-conscious beliefs, and will you see as ‘undeniable truth’? Fix some of those, so it can become a continual constructive belief.

For instance, do you non-consciously believe that ‘goal setting does not work’? Teach yourself to adjust that belief daily to ‘a set Goal directs my activities, which accelerates my success’.

Do you have the non-conscious belief that ‘you have learned everything you need to’? Teach yourself that ‘learning means developing, which allows you to be flexible and capable’. You will be better capable to adapt when your environment asks for it.

Got doubts about your knowledge, skills, and competencies? These are non-conscious beliefs too. Teach yourself that you ‘are good enough, and that you are of added value to everybody’.

The daily repetition of a new belief is a constructive step forward, just as reflecting on positive experiences that prove those new beliefs is.

For Goals of Beliefs goes: Make sure it contributes to your Long Term Goal and the accompanying objectives!

We are curious to your new Goals, Objectives, and Goals of Beliefs for the coming year. Let us know!

Need any help setting goals, on a personal or a professional level? Get in touch with us!


Written by Stephan Annema

Follow Martijn Schaap’s YouTube channel! He is the Vision Forward CEO, and on his channel, teaches about setting Goals, realizing your successes, and being an entrepreneur.