If you’ve been around the self improvement field or productivity field long enough you have probably gotten sick of hearing those two words.
If you have set new year’s resolutions that never come true then you are probably dismayed by the very idea of a goal.
Still, goals can have an almost magical way about them that helps you achieve your deepest desires.
What do I mean?
I mean that you don’t always get what you aim for, but it sure helps if you point yourself in the right direction.
I have been preoccupied with the idea of goals lately. A lot of changes are coming in my life and I am living in a very interesting moment. I have lived in two states my entire life. One where I pretty much know I will get the same things day in and day out for the foreseeable future. And one where life is a total adventure and I never know what change will come around the river bend.
Now I find myself approaching a different state. A state in between a solid and a gas that we all know to be liquid. You see, in a solid state you know for certain what each day will hold. Well maybe not for certain, but you can more or less expect the same things each day.
In a gaseous state you never know what is certain. One day you are here, one day you are there. Change is the only certain thing you have.
Liquid is a totally different state all together. A happy existent where you have a sense of consistency, yet the freedom of change and movement.
I am entering that state now and it feels great!
What does all this have to do with goal setting you might ask?
Well I have been doing a lot of reading lately. About goal setting. About financial planning. About life planning. About making plans period…
There is a certain truth about the future being uncertain, but also a certain truth that the future can approach certainty with some forethought and planning. Hence, goal setting.
For the longest time I have kept a list of goals, updated on a somewhat irregular basis. It is interesting to see what goals I have accomplished, naturally. Almost without thinking about it. And what goals I have not accomplished. It is even more interesting to see how my goals have changed over the years and what my new goals are.
You see, the real purpose of goals is to help you focus on your deepest desires. And those desires may change over the years, as is obviously the case. But you will not accomplish your goals without focus. And more importantly you will not accomplish your goals unless they are tied to a fairly strong desire.
It’s almost like you don’t have to set goals at all. Your passion and desire lead you on in the pursuit of your dreams. They key is to always be attuned to your true desires. This will help you make better decisions that more align with your goals and therefore, more align with your desires.
My desires have changed and therefore my goals need to change with them. And all this has come about because I have made the effort to be more attuned with what I truly want and desire.
It is funny how I am now in this liquid state. I have a solid set of goals I want to accomplish. And a much more narrow list of them at that. Yet, I am flexible enough to pursue them in whatever way seems to work best.
And being like a liquid really can make your goal setting almost magical. Like water, you can erode any mountain away over time. Like water, nothing can really stand in your path. If one way doesn’t work, you can flow the other way. And ultimately you reach your destination even if it isn’t the way you thought you would originally get there…
“The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predertermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have throughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time.” – W.J. Davison