“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” – J.C. Penney
Pursuing a goal is important. Goals stretch us. Goals inspire us. Goals provide us a framework to act within to achieve something we identify with and is meaningful.
Sometimes we set goals that really aren’t that meaningful to us. I think some of this is related to pursuing something that someone else wants. This can lead to challenges because pursuing a goal typically requires some level of commitment and perseverance to achieve it.
If you have a goal and just can’t seem to get any traction, try reexamining it. You may find that it really isn’t a goal anymore. It may also be one of those goals mentioned above. It may be someone else’s goal and not really yours.
So, give yourself a break. If a goal you’ve set doesn’t really fire you up in the morning, drop it for a while. Put that on hold and pursue something else. Just take a break from that goal and concentrate on the goal or goals that are exciting to you.
Here’s a great article with other reasons to walk away from a goal by Amy Morin (2015). It doesn’t discuss my reason but provides a few more tools you can use to really understand whether you are pursuing a meaningful goal or wasting your time. Let’s face it, our values change from time to time.
Morin, A. (2015). 5 times you should quit working on your goal and walk away. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2015/10/17/5-times-you-should-quit-working-on-your-goal-and-walk-away/#4dfd6d1a48e4
Until next time…