Do you have goals? Things that you aspire to achieve…eventually? Things that you want to accomplish once the stars align and you get to wherever it is that you need to be to make them happen? Chances are if you’re reading this post on this blog, you probably do. I believe that goals are a healthy and important part of being a well rounded individual. They help you plan and make decisions. Hopefully if you have goals, you are taking small steps each day to put you closer to achieving them. But regardless, having goals is a great thing! There is a downside to having goals, though. The fear of what you will do once you’ve accomplished them.
I was having a conversation with a friend recently, and he was concerned about the impending achievement of his goals because he was afraid that he wouldn’t have anything to look forward to once he had checked his goals off of his proverbial list. And that made me sit down and really analyze for the first time what would happen once I had achieved my major life goals. Prior to this conversation, I hadn’t given it any thought at all. And I am an overthinker. So this was very striking to me. I began to think about goals that I had already achieved and what happened after I had achieved them. I came to the conclusion that there are two major things that can happen once you’ve achieved your goals. The enjoyment of your achievement and the development of new goals. I hope that this post will encourage you to develop goals and not to let your subconscious put off achieving them for fear of having nothing to look forward to.
Always Be A Goal Digger. Always.
Reaping The Benefits
I think as humans, we develop goals as a way of setting the bar and providing a reward to ourselves. We set goals that we want to accomplish so that we can win. We want to win at life. Win at being who we want to be and doing exactly what we want to do. So naturally, once we have achieved a goal, we should take some time to relish in it. Enjoy the fact that we did what we set out to do. And be grateful that the stars did align and we were able to get to a point that we wanted to be at in our lives. Whether it’s a personal goal or a work goal or just a mental goal, we made it. HOORAY! Take time to celebrate it! Don’t rush into the worry and the dread of what your next goal might be or what the next thing is that you need to accomplish because if you do, you’ve not genuinely rewarded yourself for a job well done. As I thought back over the goals that I had accomplished already, I found that, for the most part, I am enjoying the benefits. I take the time to be proud of what I have done. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! If we set goals with the intention of gaining something, there is no shame to be had in actually enjoying our gains.
Set Goal. Accomplish. Repeat.
As we all know, you can only relish in your accomplishments for so long before you begin to want more. That, too, is human nature. Think of the last promotion you had. After spending a while in your new position that you were so excited to get, you probably began to get bored and you were ready to move on up the ladder into the next role. Don’t be ashamed of that, either. It’s perfectly natural to want more out of life. So once you’ve accomplished your goals and you have spent some time enjoying the fact that you’ve done what you set out to do, focus on what’s to come. What you want to do next. Your next set of goals may be something totally different than your original set of goals because over time we grow and our interests and passions change. For instance, you might have been totally dedicated to your career and you might have reached your dream position. And you may absolutely love your job. And now that you’ve done what you set out to do, you might be a little bit older and you are probably in a different stage of life. Your next goal might be to find someone to settle down with or to have children. While these goals are not of the same ‘genre’ as your original goals, you can still be just as passionate about accomplishing them because you’re at a different place in your life.
Although this sounds great, just going through life setting and achieving goals like marking off items off of your grocery shopping list, that’s generally not how it happens anyway. Goal setting is, at least for me, a much more organic process. As I work on achieving this goal or that, I think of other things that I would like to accomplish and it’s just this big circle. I am constantly enjoying my accomplishments and setting new goals and working to achieve them. I love the whole process and that’s why I think it is so important to have goals in the first place. That’s not to say that I’ve never had setbacks or that I’ve never had a goal fall by the wayside. I have and I would venture to say that most people have at some point in their life. But that shouldn’t discourage us from setting goals. And neither should the fear of having nothing to work toward once we’ve accomplished them. So what are your goals? What do you genuinely aspire to accomplish and what steps are you taking to achieve them? How will you reap the reward of achieving them once they’re finished? Leave a comment or send me a message letting me know. I can’t wait to hear what everyone wants to get done!