Blow your goals right out of the water. Then stare at yourself in the mirror. There’s your reward. Nothing else compares. Repeat.
Goals are one of the most valuable assets any human being could potentially ever own.
How interesting, then, is it that these valuable assets are self generated, self regulated and ultimately celebrated predominately within.
Goals come in many shapes and many sizes….they have various durations, countless definitions of success and are ultimately measured by a metric that only the individual can determine.
How can something so internal be so incredibly valuable? You cannot spend a goal. You cannot give one away. You cannot even ultimately share it with another, shy of inspiring them to pursue a similar goal for themselves.
In many cases, a goal is the reason to kick your heels out of bed in the morning, plant your feet on the ground and head into the day with determination and fortitude.
So why is a goal so important? If it drives our behavior, motivates our efforts, consumes many of our thoughts and catapults us through life, then it must be one of the most valuable things in the world, is it not?
The fascinating thing about achieving a goal is the discovery that the exhilaration that comes from that accomplishment is relatively short-lived and ultimately if another even more challenging goal does not replace it, our happiness quotient decreases proportionately as a result of the lack of a new and more challenging goal.
So if it is short-lived to achieve and enjoy and ultimately all a person really desires is yet another goal, then the goal itself is even more valuable than the result in some respects.
Personally, the ultimate high in achieving a goal for me is the ability to look in the mirror quietly and know that I have accomplished it. Such a subtle variable and yet it is one of the most driving forces of our entire specie.
Goals are a big focus heading into a new year. Especially a new year that has so many giant question marks circling around it.
Choose your goals wisely, they are the fuel that drive your existence.