Goals! I’m all about goals these days. Work goals, life goals, fitness goals, I have a clear picture of what I want and what I’m shooting for. This is, in case you did not know, a huge accomplishment! For anybody!! But especially for me. I tend to put everyone and everything above myself and my own desires take a back seat, so much so that I often just leave them completely behind.
Really, I should say this WAS the case, up until the beginning of this year. I started this year and I don’t know, something just clicked. I knew I did not want to spend another year floating around and waiting for life to happen to me. I want to happen to life! And that means I need to know what I want and go make it happen!
I don’t believe in luck. We make our own luck, and it takes the right combination of opportunity, effort, and perseverance, and heavy on the effort and perseverance. So to make sure I’m channeling that effort and perseverance into the right place, I figured out what I want most and wrote down my goals. I made a dream board, and I hung it with my goals right in front of my desk where I can look up and be inspired every day while I work. When the moments come that my goals seem too far away or too hard, I look up and see my goals hanging there in front of me.
Nobody wants to be labeled a quitter. I’d rather be known as an unrealistic dreamer than a quitter!! At least 20 times a day something comes up that makes one or more of my goals seem so far away that I consider settling for something much less. But I have done that most of my life, I’ve settled because I was afraid of failing, and THAT is why people quit. The fear of failure begins to loom greater than the desire to reach your goal.
I’m done settling, I’m no quitter! My long time mantra is still alive and well, “It’s a journey, not a race.” Even the slowest person will cross the marathon finish line if they just keep moving forward.
So my strategy is not to work harder and harder, because the intensity cannot be sustained. Not at this stage in my crazy life. My strategy is to work as hard as I can each day, and one day that will be tons, and the next day it may be ounces, but if I just keep going, I’m going to get there. Probably sooner than I think.