How do you differentiate a goal from objective?

@hushi22 (4941)
July 16, 2010 6:19pm CST
People do set goals and objectives in life. This topic is one of the best topics taught in my nursing course, but even until now, I noticed some people who don't know how to differentiate them. I don't think it's difficult, but I would like to know other people's ideas.
4 responses
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
16 Jul 10
Objectives are small tasks, right? And a goal is a long term objective, that usually consists of many smaller objectives combined, right?
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
17 Jul 10
I think it is the otherway round. Goals can be set up and efforts to made to reach them to fulful a certain objective. Hope I am right.
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
17 Jul 10
Mmm, no it makes more sense that the goal is the long term longer larger task. Think of it like a ladder: The top of the ladder is the goal you want to reach, and each individual step is an objective. Also, use this more realistic example: A person has a goal to be an astronaut; in order to become an astronaut that person needs to complete many smaller objectives, like becoming physically fit, intelligent, etc.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jul 10
I don't have a clue, looked up "objective" and it had goal as part of the definition. Maybe I should go back to school?
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
17 Jul 10
There is no need for such a drastic step. I fully concur with the definition of 'objective'. lol.
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
17 Jul 10
One can have several objectives. In order to achieve the objective one has to set up a goal to reach. I think therefore, objective can be described more as the philosophy and goal is the practical approach.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
17 Jul 10
i just ask my self some questions and the answers are more obvious.