“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
Boy, is this on the spot. People are unpredictable, even loved ones. We all have our own preferences, pet peeves, and interests. People change. Their priorities change. Folks come into our lives and some exit our lives. The same thing with things. Material objects wear out, they lose their usefulness. Goals stretch us.
Goals are dependable. You set them. You pursue them. You accomplish them. The goal, if set right, will help you learn and improve your capability. Things won’t help you stretch. Things won’t help you grow. People are only interested in your growth when it helps them.
I know this may seem cynical, but here is a prime example. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I enjoy exercising. I am driven to go to the gym, eat right, and push myself physically. My brother is the exact opposite. He tries, but the motivation to consistently go to the gym and exercise is just not there. I love him, but he just doesn’t see the benefit of it over the long-term. I tried to get him to go to the gym with me and this lasted about a month when he fizzled out. Don’t get me wrong, his life is totally different from mine. His job requires him to travel a great deal. For instance, he is in Australia right now, doing some technology work for his employer there. This is one of many trips this year. Working out on the road is hard.
Even a loved one will be presented with different challenges even if they want to exercise. So stick with something you are in control of. Setting a goal is all you. You choose what that is. You decide when you’ve met the goal. You decide if the goal is no longer worth your time. The point I’m making here is that goals are yours, no one else’s. Depending on other people or things will typically bring about disappointment.
So set bold and tough goals. Commit to pursuing them.
Oh! Here are my goals starting today and running to January 24, 2018:
- Read 9 books
- Grow my Blog by 100 followers
- Lose 11% body fat
Habits I’m going to refine:
- Read daily
- Meditate daily
- Write daily
- Exercise daily
- Dream Journal daily
- Review of my progress weekly
- Body fat and body measurements weekly
That’s it for today!
I hope all of you achieve your goals. I wish you luck in all of your endeavors.
Until next time…