Growth-Oriented vs. Goal-Oriented: Which One Are You?

I recently heard an interview that was done with a very successful person. This individual accomplished great things in life and he was sharing that he recently lost his motivation and drive, and he didn’t know what to do about it. The person with whom he was speaking shared something which I thought was very profound. He said, “The problem is that you have become only goal-oriented. You need to change your thinking to become growth-oriented.” I thought to myself, “How true that is and it makes total sense.“

Now don’t get me wrong, in no way am I saying that you should not set goals. Setting goals is important if you want to achieve success because in order to have success, you must know exactly what you want. You also need to have a plan on how to get there.

This is what I have found, if you want to get better results, not only do you have to set goals but you have to develop a solid plan of growth.

When you are goal-oriented, it sets the direction but it does not get you to where you want to go. If you are not careful, you can restrict yourself and end up setting goals that do not require change or personal growth.

Growth-Orientation gives you determination to go to the next level. It challenges you to learn new skills and create new habits. When you are focused on exactly what you want, you will find there is something in your life that needs to change and you must grow. In order to achieve these goals, it’s going to require you to get out of your comfort zone.

Growth takes a lot of effort, especially when you’re practicing new skills and adopting new habits. As you begin to do this, you end up growing into who you need to be in order to achieve greater results.

Here’s the bottom line, goal-setting has an end game. Growth-Setting is a game that will never be over. You will find as you are on the road to success, it definitely is a journey rather than just a destination.

No matter what level you achieve, strive to grow no matter what. Never stop learning and don’t ever stop growing. Growth can be painful but it is definitely rewarding. Our growth tomorrow depends on the little things that we do today.

So keep setting goals, but change your overall thinking to growth. If you have found yourself unmotivated because of all the goals you have set and achieved, it is time to make a commitment to growth. No matter what level you achieve, there’s always going to be room for growth. When you commit to being growth-oriented, you will find yourself much more inspired and you will create much more joy in life. If you are breathing and you woke up this morning, you certainly can grow.

Going forward, rather than being just goal-oriented, change your thought pattern to becoming GROWTH-oriented. If you’re not growing, you are shrinking. Make that commitment to grow in every phase of your life and most importantly, enjoy this wonderful growth journey.

Have a super fantastic week!


Regional Sales Manager RMS

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