"You can’t make your choices on the basis of a fifty-year projection. You have to be guided by your belief that this is the best course for you for NOW, and if in five or ten years your priorities change, well, if you’re a resourceful person, you can figure out how to adapt"
New Year New Goals...Please NO
As the New Year approaches, we start reflecting on new beginnings, considering new hopes for the future and most commonly thinking about new goals...
Many of us have written goals before and for some reason you may be thinking that for this year you don’t want to write goals.
I have worked with clients who do not see value in writing goals. You agree and that is why you are reading this.
I am certain that you have good reasons for not wanting to write goals. It could be that you tried it before and it did not work. Or you felt frustrated when you could not attain a particular goal. More possibly still, you wrote a goal and had to change it for what felt like a million times.
Do Not Write Goals
Here is an idea!
How would you feel if I told you to forget about writing goals? For now...anyway.
Instead, I invite you to think about your favorite memories.
The idea behind these questions at this point is to focus on positive experiences and how they made you feel. I ask myself these questions on a regular basis. The answers help me stay focused and of course, see value in creating and pursuing new goals.
What Makes You Happy
When I ask these and other questions that help clients reflect on what makes them happy, some clients are very clear on what they want, on the things that will make them happy and they can be very specific when thinking of achievements. Other clients find it hard to answer these questions. I explain my reasons behind this line of questioning. The most important reasons are:
Here are some suggestions to facilitate reflection on the three questions.
Life gets in the way and we tend to forget what is important to us. I started asking myself these questions many years ago. Looking back, it now seems that I have been building on them year after year. One of my dreams and accomplishments included receiving a doctorate degree.
Goals You Have Accomplished
I have completed my degree and oh what a feeling that was!
As I worked for that goal, the journey was tough and there were times when I was ready to quit. Having goals and keeping my eye on the dream kept me going.
The light at the end of the tunnel helped me persist in handling the constant revisions of my thesis and persevere in focusing on the smaller goals. In the process, I remembered that I really enjoyed going to school and university. The tests I passed and the positive reviews were the little lights that made the journey fulfilling. I discovered that I am a lifelong learner. I continue to cherish and honor this value by learning and researching.
Reflect - What Makes You Happy
I invite you today to take a break from writing your goals and focus on what specifically makes you happy.
Be as detailed as you can!
Let me know how that goes and we can work on the next set of questions.
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