Got a goal? To get ANYWHERE in life, you have to set a destination.

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Got a goal? To get ANYWHERE in life, you have to set a destination.

Got a goal? Most of us think we do. We have all kinds of ideas about how we want our life to be. Our Pinterest boards are full of the beautiful things we want, the kind lifestyle we want to lead and the places we want to go. We have vision boards and notebooks, pages ripped out of magazines and tack boards to remind us of our future-to-be. We call these our #lifegoals. And we move forward every day with what we feel is a clear vision. Unfortunately, most of us never seem to get any closer to making that vision a reality.

Why?

Here’s the cold, hard truth: If your life seems to be meandering or moving backward instead of moving closer to your vision, your goal may not be a goal at all. It may just be a wish.

Here’s the cold, hard truth: If your life seems to be meandering or moving backward instead of moving closer to your vision, your goal may not be a goal at all. It may just be a wish.

What’s the difference? WISHES are grand visualizations. They are dreams and they are absolutely necessary. Don’t ever stop wishing or dreaming… they are the emotional catalyst for personal growth. Wishes can be a little bit sneaky and ethereal though. They tend to move around a lot. Sometimes they get hard to see. Quite often, they fade away like a puff of smoke, especially if they haven’t received any energy from planning, action or accomplishment.

GOALS are clearly identified destinations. They are highly specific, plannable and most importantly… measurable. They have a beginning point, an end point, and multiple mile points in between.

Imagine for a second that every day really IS a winding road. (Thank you @sherylcrow). You are standing in the middle of a road that stretches out in front of you for miles and miles. It has lots of curves and hills and maybe even a roadblock or two.

That road is your life. You have a big dream that you know is miles ahead of you and you can’t clearly see where it is or how to get there. You are standing HERE. You want to go THERE. Every step you take in any direction could either take you closer to that dream or further away from it.

What do you do?

Do you start walking and hope you have the good fortune to turn the right way and accidentally bump into it? Some of us do just that. In fact… Most of us do. We set out on our path in explorer mode, taking whatever traffic or detour that might be in front of us as they come. We react to whatever happens. When we turn left, we hit a dead end. When we turn right, we get stuck in a ditch. Then we hit a pothole full of tar… and sit down in the road to have a good, old fashioned cry. 😭😭😭 Sound familiar?

What if there were a better way? What if, instead of wandering around aimlessly hoping to stumble upon dream-land, you could pull out your trusty smartphone, plug in the address of your goal destination in your GPS and walk directly toward it? You’d be able to see where you are now, where you want to be and every mile in between. You’d be able to see any potential traffic issues and detour around them. You’d even see your arrival time.

A GOAL is a measurable destination. Without one, it’s pretty much impossible to create a plan to move forward.

Goals help you actively choose where you want to go in life. So you’re not just wondering around waiting for something to happen or for someone to steer you in the right direction. Can you imagine?? Being able to CHOOSE the life you want instead of reacting to whatever life dishes out? That’s the power of goals and plans.

What goals have you set for yourself? And more importantly… What plans have you made to get there?

It’s time to set your destination.

By | 2019-05-29T15:55:25-05:00 May 29th, 2019|Choice, Goals, Planning|0 Comments

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