Are Your Goals Compatible?

I’ve been thinking a lot about goals recently.

(Okay okay… more like I’m obsessed with goals and drive everyone crazy around me with ideas.)

We all have things we want to do, be and accomplish in our lives, but our desire usually doesn’t match up with our reality.

If you could quantify goals, I would imagine the data would say the vast majority of people don’t actually make their goals a reality. (Sad panda)  

To go even further up my butt of made up data, I’d say you could divide it into

A) people trying but failing and not continuing after failure, and  B) people not trying at all.

What traits can we adopt that separate those who make it happen versus those who never try? Why do we let our day to day busyness get in the way of what really matters to us? And why can’t we all be our own josh darn Steve Jobs, or a #girlboss and make our dreams come true?


One aspect that effects our ability to succeed is compatibility.

I keep running back to the question of, ‘Are all of my goals compatible with each other?’ 

Do they compliment each other, or create friction?

Are My Goals Compatible With Each Other?

Imagine, if you will, your goals being electro-magnets. 🤓

Each goal you desire is attracting you to an outcome of positivity or negativity. The more electricity — the energy, grit, work and time you put in — the more likely your life will bend towards that positive outcome of success. 

If you want to start your own company, the positive side could be creating something meaningful, financially successful or improving the world in some fashion; The negative could be going bankrupt, trusting the wrong people, injuring your love life because all you do is work (cue Rhianna song).

Here’s where things even get more complex: 

When each goal you have is a magnet, they can all point your life compass towards different directions.


Compatible Goals Compliment

Compatible Goals compliment each other and point your life in a similar direction. If your goals are compatible, they will stay true and build upon each other to greater and more unique ways. (All good in the neighborhood)

What you do will be in alignment to who you are.

Having multiple goals means you have to give ’em more electricity, but they can charge up one another to greater effect.

However, what happens when your goals are incompatible?

Do they cancel each other out? Can giving electricity to one block the others?

What if incompatible goals give us that feeling of being stuck? Where nothing seems to be working and your completely frustrated by the fact that you can’t seem to make anything work out.

And here’s another inception point: not only goals are created equally.  Some are meant for you, others are distractions from outside sources or primal desires that only distract you from your true callings.

I (unfortunately) can’t help you decide which is which, the answer must come from you, I can only give you questions as tools to help guide you on your journey.

‘Compatible goals’ is interesting idea, with profound implications.

In the end, there’s only so much electricity we can give to our creative pursuits and life at one time.

Some goals need to be ignored, others need to pushed to later, and compatible ones need to be pursued with all your might.

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner, Renaissance Man: June 8th 7AM EST, Chattanooga TN,

Action Steps

Make a list of your current goals you are pursuing.

Do your best to prioritize them by importance.

Action Questions

Q: Are my current goals compatible with one another?

Q: Do I have any incompatible goals that are canceling my most important goals?

Q: Do I know where my electricity is going?

Q: And if your not sure what’s most important to you, start with asking ‘What are my strengths? What charges me? What does an ideal life look like to me?’

Related Wisdom

Book: The One Thing by Gary Keller

Book: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Finding Your Goal and Purpose in Life by James Altucher

Follow Through on Your Goals 2016 Edition by Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income

The One Thing About by Seth Godin


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