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Goal setting is one of the oldest and most accepted components of high performance in the world. We’re taught from a very young age that if we want to accomplish XYZ, the first thing we must do is set the intention, or set the goal. We’re taught that it vitally important to know exactly where were going, and to constantly focus on that end result as a means of motivation.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for setting goals… and when I say goals, I mean LARGE GOALS… THE KIND GOALS THAT SCARE YOU WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORK IT WILL TAKE TO ACHIEVE THEM. I like this video by Brendon Burchard on “SMART” goals…
The problem lies in the fact that we people consistently and predictably fall into the pattern and thought process of: “I’ll only be happy when XYZ goal is achieved”, or “I’ll only be good enough once I’ve achieved XYZ”. Then even once XYZ has been achieved, there right onto setting the next goal and once again living from an “I’ll only be happy when” state. This cycle of chronic goal setting leads to a constant state of dissatisfaction
The truth is that the only thing we as human beings have is the present moment. Nothing else is guaranteed. The past is only a fragment of our imagination, made up completely by the lens through which we were seeing the world at that time, and the future really doesn’t exist considering that the present moment is always elapsing it. The only thing that thinking about the future will do for you is take away from the present moment. Refer to the book, “The Power Of Now” for more on this thought process.
So, now that we know that the only thing we truly ever have is the present moment, why on earth would we put ourself through the torture of constant dissatisfaction with that present moment through focusing on some end result that may in reality, never happen?
Even if you achieve your end goal, you won’t be happy or feel fulfilled in doing so… and then you’ll be onto the next goal and the process will repeat itself. This is the process though which goal setting will negatively affect you.
But… how do we ever achieve greatness without setting big goals and giving them all our energy?
The answer still lies in goal setting… but in a different for than your usual goal setting. It lies in the form of setting micro goals that you can execute upon daily, and then allowing yourself to feel fulfilled through the consistent action you take. Your goal in of itself should be to complete the action steps necessary on a daily basis in order to produce whatever the result is that you’re looking for.
By focusing on and executing these micro goals, you’ll achieve the exact same outcome, but feel much happier and much more fulfilled along the way.
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