Become both a describer and a doer to achieve your goals

Most people find themselves categorized into describers and doers. Describers are skilled in articulating ideas and strategies, while doers excel in translating those ideas into tangible actions.

But, to achieve your goals, you need to adopt both roles. Describers and doers have contrasting traits so adopting both roles really means you will oscillate between them.

In this blog post, we will review the traits of describers and doers and finally discuss how you can become both.

The Dynamics of Describers and Doers

Describing and doing are two sides of the same coin, each with its own merits and contributions to goal attainment.

Describers are effective communicators who engage in discussions, brainstorming sessions, and strategic planning.

They lay the groundwork by elucidating the vision, setting objectives, and mapping out the path ahead.

Describers possess the ability to inspire and motivate, drawing others into the narrative of the goal.

On the other hand, doers are action-oriented individuals who thrive on execution.

They bring the plans to life, converting ideas into results through diligence, resourcefulness, and determination.

Doers embody the tenacity required to overcome obstacles and persevere in the face of challenges.

Complementary Strengths

Recognizing the strengths of describers and doers is essential in harnessing their potential.

Describers’ proficiency in communication ensures that the goal’s nuances are understood by all stakeholders.

Their skill in articulating objectives helps maintain a cohesive direction, preventing misunderstandings and conflicts.

Moreover, describers provide the necessary context that fuels motivation and enthusiasm among doers.

On the other hand, doers infuse projects with momentum through their unwavering dedication to action.

Their hands-on approach ensures that plans do not remain mere ideas but are transformed into concrete achievements.

Striking a Balance between being a Describer and a Doer

While describers and doers might appear as polar opposites, successful goal achievement often hinges on the synergy between these roles.

A harmonious collaboration between the two can amplify the likelihood of realizing objectives.

Describers set the tone and direction, outlining the purpose and significance of the goal.

Their ability to communicate the ‘why’ and ‘what’ behind the goal fosters a shared sense of purpose among team members or stakeholders.

Doers then translate this purpose into actionable steps, focusing on the ‘how’ and ‘when’ of execution.

The partnership between describers and doers bridges the gap between vision and reality, channelling creativity into productive endeavours.

In goal achievement, you often have to write out your goal.

Describe the outcome of the goal. What exactly do you want? What experience will it give you? What will you feel when you achieve the goal?

Do not leave it there. As a describer, you would want to say why the goal is important to you. Use the 5 Why’s Framework to do this.

If the goal is to be embraced by a team of people, get their input into why the goal will be important to them.

After describing the why, describe what the journey will look like for you. What key milestones would you like to reach?

Once you have completed this description, then you get into bridging the gap between vision and reality.

Describe the projects and tasks that will get you to the first milestone.

Then execute, and track your progress and results.

Review the results of the execution of each task or step and feed the review into the next step.

The key is first to just do it.

When you accomplish more tasks, steps and projects, you will gain confidence in yourself as a doer.

This confidence propels you to setting and going after bigger, more audacious goals.


In the realm of goal achievement, the dynamic interplay between being a describer and a doer represents a symbiotic relationship that propels goals toward success.

The ability to communicate a vision and subsequently translate it into actionable steps followed by consistent execution is a powerful combination that drives progress to the outcome you desire.

Just enjoy the journey, from describing your goal to describing the steps and executing the steps.

Celebrate small wins, reflect on what went well and what did not, and create a feedback loop to improve your vision and execution.

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