I’ve been contemplating this quite a bit the last couple weeks. What are my goals? Where do I want to be in 10 years? And I’m working on applying that in baby steps to my life. Guess what? I’m still not there (this week was evidence of that!), but I might be closer than I would be otherwise. And here is why I say that:
You need to focus on your goal.
That’s right. When you don’t focus on what you do want, the tendency is to focus on what you don’t want, and you know what? That doesn’t drive you towards your goal. This current election has proven that. Almost everyone is caught up in who or what they DON’T want, and that is clouding their judgement in the vote. Looking in the rear view mirror eventually lands you in the ditch, and you’ll never hit the target.
It takes proactive steps to reach a goal.
It’s not going to ‘just happen’. Think of the kid saving for college. Every spare dollar, every penny in change, goes in the box. He is determined to reach his potential, even if it requires sacrifice. If he wasn’t, would that spare dollar end up under his bed, or at the soda fountain? It’s the little daily decisions that propel you forward. It’s the conscious awareness that ‘What I choose to do today will affect my future potential.’
It’s never too late to change.
“If I had been more goal oriented in grade school, I could have graduated college by now.” And yes, I could have. But that isn’t the issue now, is it? What I could have done is obsolete. I will never be that person. No, the real deal is what I choose to do. That is in my hands. Today.
And sometimes that next step looks mediocre. Sometimes getting to the goal isn’t all that glamorous. Sometimes it is as simple as choosing to do that thing you’ve been putting off because you are pretty sure you won’t succeed the way someone else might. But it’s up to YOU, your life, your goal, your choice.
So go after your own goals, and while you’re going- Enjoy it!