GOALS-In the world of “self-help, personal development, and Motivation, Goals are a pivotal part. I, being an advocate for positive thinking, see an issue with what is being put out “there”.
Most, if not all, programs, workshops, and steps to success espouse the very strict rule of ” NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP- DO NOT QUIT- KEEP MOVING FORWARD and so on. You would expect that I would support that theory being that I’m all about being positive; BUT I DO NOT!. The tag line I have been using for the past few years: The Journey IS the Destination, is an affirmation of present moment awareness and gratitude for NOW.
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I was recently asked about some of my personal GOALS. The question was posed: Why did you give up? Well, truth be told, I have not given up, but scaled down the zeal with which I attacked the goal. Being an individual that is keenly aware of present moment awareness, looking to capitalize on NOW, as it is all that is real, ( Later is only a thought as is before- NOW IS THE ONLY TANGIBLE EXPERIENCE THAT EXISTS), I had to re-evaluate the path I was on.
Was I performing tasks that I did not enjoy?
Was I compromising time that could have been spent enjoying life with family?
Was I squandering resources, ( time & $$) that could have been used to bring in present moment joy?
Was the goal getting any closer?
Having answered all of the above questions in a manner that clearly was taxing my NOW, I have found cause to relegate the pursuit of my goal(s) in such a manner that achieving them are NOT the MOST IMPORTANT thing in my life.
THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE FUTURE SHOULD NEVER ROB THE TANGIBLE PRESENT!
“NOW” MUST ALWAYS BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN, THEN, LEST WE HAVE SACRIFICED OUR ENTIRE LIVES FOR CHANCE!
IF THE TASKS RELATED TO CHASING THE DREAM DO NOT BRING YOU JOY, THEN THE DREAM WILL ROB YOUR SOUL.
All goals must be for the moment, without being contingent upon a specific outcome. It is great to have direction and desires, but we must enjoy every step of the process or we will have compromised our entire life for the “Possibility” of something we are not even sure of.
NEVER MORTGAGE YOUR “NOW”, FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ILLUSORY “THEN”, LEST YOU END UP IGNORING YOUR PRESENT !
While I most certainly advocate having goals, as our wants & desires are the catalyst for all creation, I caution as to the priority, and weight we assign to those goals. There is a delicate balance to be achieved. Gratitude for every moment is the foundation for peace and contentment. Impatience and fanaticism with tunnel vision, is the devils domain.
SET GOALS WISELY
LIVE WITH GRATITUDE FOR THE MOMENT
The Journey IS the Destination.