Dynamic Goals Versus Static Goals

There are static goals and dynamic goals.

Static Goals are often represented as endpoints, as in “I want to have a new house.”  You can only reach this goal once you actually have the new house.  As long as you don’t have the new house, you have not reached your goal. The goal is static.

A Dynamic Goal is more oriented around the process and the time involved, as in “I want to have a fulfilling career doing what I do best that will give me a substantial income so that I can afford a new house.  I will enjoy pursuing this goal every step of the way.”  This is a dynamic goal.

The end result is the same, but the attitude you will have towards the two goals is very different.  You want to make your dynamic goal is specific.  So simply stating, “I want to have a fulfilling career doing what I do best that will give me a large income so that I easily can afford a new house” is a good start, but it’s not enough.  Now you must define the fulfilling career, the large income, the image of the new house, and the feelings you will get from this goal.  Without putting specifics in your dynamic goal, all you have is a wish.

Why?  Because the mind needs concrete images to pursue.  And that is what life planning will help you create. You will be able to devise dynamic goals that are specific, measurable, and time-oriented.   This will keep you on track.

Working with the goal statement of “I want to have a fulfilling career doing what I do best that will give me a large income so that I easily can afford a new house,” is okay.  But you can also make that more specific by inserting one of your alternatives in the career section, a money figure for the income section, a specific result in the house section, and an overall feeling.

In this way, your new dynamic goal would be,“I want a career as a doctor, earning more than $150,000 per year so I can afford a four bedroom house.  I want to achieve this within ten years.  This will give me and my family the safety and security we desire.”

Do you see the difference?  Now you have something concrete to pursue, both in the physical sense and the emotional sense.  You can change aspects of the goal as your life plan changes.

Good goals are dynamic goals of processes and feelings.  The goals of career, money, and a new house can be more deeply described as “the feeling of safety and comfort for myself and my loved ones by having a way to meet our needs and live happily.”

So work on making your goals dynamic to increase your understanding of why you want them.  Good goal setting is vital to obtaining happiness.

“Your dynamic goals are goals that will make you appreciate the journey as well as the destination.”
– Hans Johansen

You can define your happiness any way you want.  Realize that desiring happiness is not selfish.  Most likely, you will get your happiness from what you do for and give to others.  To be able to give to others, you will need to be happy yourself.  If you are happy you will be more able to give and share your happiness.  So by making sure you are happy, you will increase your ability to bring happiness to others.

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Table of Contents


I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning


II. Chapter Two: Your Past



III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations



IV. Chapter Four: Your Present



V. Chapter Five: Your Future



VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives



VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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