It’s been over a year since my accountability partner and I started to set goals. It was at the time where I needed clarity in my direction and my goals honestly didn’t reflect that.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s only been one year since we made this decision. Since then, I’m grateful for everything though.
From what I’ve been learning about goals, and also learning about what I should be doing and focusing on.
Setting long-term goals has developed my patience for the process, but it’s brought even more than that to my life.
It’s Brought Me Understanding
In order to set long-term goals you need to understand where you want to go.
Long-term goals aren’t simple tasks you can do each day nor take a single month to complete. They should be tougher than that and take at least a year or more to accomplish.
As a result, there is plenty of time for you to learn about yourself and to ensure where you are going is where you want to go.
The fact that the goal takes so long to achieve is a period for you to think about your motivators, your why, and if this is something you truly want.
These all bring you understanding on a deeper level. Something like this can’t be achieved if you are fixated on your goal.
Not to say that focusing on your goal is a bad thing, but the length of time you have allows you some time for self-discovery.
Use some of it to discover where you wish to go.
It’s Brought Me Gratitude
I’ll admit, the goals I set in the past weren’t great.
A lot of the time I set goals merely for the attention as opposed to focusing on them. They were goals I wasn’t truly grateful for.
When you don’t set up goals based on your desires and what you want to do, you won’t do them. Nor will you take the time to appreciate them.
Setting goals that don’t match with what motivates you forward isn’t what’s going to get you out of bed every day.
It’s for this reason that you need your long-term goals to align with what you want in the future.
You want to feel grateful for the things that you are doing every day.
Knowing that every step you take is getting you closer to what you want is great motivation, but also a sense of freedom and happiness.
What’s not to be grateful about that?
It’s Brought Me Growth
The last thing long-term goals brought me was growth. Naturally, that’s the purpose of the goal. But many people only see the rewards that these goals bring.
An author publishing a book may only see that for the potential royalties they’ll receive.
An athlete could see a gold medal after months of training.
But what’s more important than the reward itself is the transformation that was needed. In other words, the growth.
The journey itself is far more important than the destination and long-term goals can help you realize that.
From setting long-term goals for year-end, I’ve been focused more on not whether I achieved the long-term goal, but more of what I did to get me closer.
It’s there that long-term goal setting brought me growth and a deeper appreciation for the journey that I’m on. Learning how to motivate myself and how to properly reward myself when I complete something every day.
It’s changed my entire life around.
And now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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