Means Goals vs Ends Goals

The older I get the more I realize how little school taught me about living. There are huge aspects about reality and the world which school does not adequately prepare you for. While I intended to uncover what those things are and how they can be implanted into a school or into a student’s life, this post is about goals.

In this three minute clip, Vishen Lakhiani explains the difference of the two goals beautifully. Essentially, the difference is about discovering what you really want and setting a goal best suited to achieving that goal. End goals will truly fulfill you and make you come alive.

Up until a few months ago, I never realized there was any other type of goal. I remember setting dozens of goals in school. I want to get an A in Math. I want to be a Psychologist. With these types of goals it’s almost impossible not to get set back or scared by the how and when. When I was younger, this fear stopped me from pursuing nearly everything I truly wanted.

On the other hand, ends goals focus on the what and why. What is it you truly want and why do you want it. These types of goals will spark a desire inside you. It is essential to focus on the what and the why when crafting your goals. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to get there. It will come to you if you are taking baby steps in the direction of your goal. If you believe and are taking action, the when doesn’t matter because you are fulfilled with each step you are taking on your journey. End goals help you craft a life because you will begin with the end in mind.

Here is one of my end goals: I am committed to living a life I love, to bring positive energy and love into all situations and to all people I meet.

Most importantly, this goal lights me up, but I also find it easy to connect with. If I find myself in a negative situation or dealing with a person who is frustrating me, my inner self reminds me of this goal. I connect with my desire and make the desired adjustments. I am not perfect and I don’t always act from a place of love and positivity, but I am able to snap myself out of the negative feelings and actions much quicker.

Some other examples of end goals are experiences you want to have, places you want to travel to, freedoms you want, “end result of begin human”, and learning a new skill.

How can teaching ends goals change student’s lives? When students connect to what they truly desire, they will be able to see the benefits of working harder in school. When a person connects to what they truly desire out of life, they don’t need to be convinced school is something they need.

Leave a comment below tell me what your ends goals are. I would love to hear from you. I have experience great growth through simple sending my intention out into the universe, and I wish the same experience for you.



Leave a Reply