Big Goals, Small Goals: Make Your Biggest Goal the Most Embarrassing
“Dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment” – Denzel Washington
I’ve always been a dreamer which is probably why I’ve never felt entirely satisfied with life. I’ve always wanted more but struggled to figure out how to bring more of what I wanted into my life. Until relatively recently I was never one to think about what I wanted and write it down – I just continuously daydreamed about it.
That was until I discovered the art of goal setting!
Goals provide us with an idea of the action steps that we need to take in order to make our dreams a reality. They provide direction and a plan for our life’s journey.
Needless to say, I am now an avid goal setter!
Here are some of the advantages that I’ve gained from setting goals along with a few tips on how to approach those big, life-changing goals that you’re probably too scared to contemplate. I also share why you need to stand tall and be proud that your biggest goal is the most embarrassing!
Goal Setting and Personal Growth
Goals impact who we and who we become. The biggest benefit we get from a goal comes not from its completion (although this certainly helps in propelling us forward in life) but rather who we become during the process of its completion. It’s the personal growth that comes from setting and achieving goals that we benefit from the most. Goal setting and personal growth go hand-in-hand.
When we achieve our goals we gain a sense of achievement and satisfaction. We gain confidence in our abilities and a sense of pride in our actions. Setting and achieving goals is good for our wellbeing – it makes us happy!
Letting Go of Goals
Sometimes our goals need to be discarded. Because our lives have taken an alternative path to what we expected or our expectations for the future have changed. Letting go of goals that are no longer relevant to your dreams and aspirations is just as important as achieving those that are still relevant.
Holding on to them will prevent you from gaining the sense of direction and focus you need in order to keep moving forward in life. Remember, goal setting is all about moving forward in life.
Big Goals, Small Goals
Like us humans, goals come in many different shapes and sizes. We have big goals and small goals, easy goals and hard goals. Some goals can be completed in an afternoon while other goals take years to accomplish.
Goal Setting and Moving Forward
Whether they are big goals or small goals, our goals need to serve our bigger dreams and work towards creating the kind of life that we want to be living. Their purpose is to bring us fulfilment and happiness either in the present or future.
Let’s face it, the process involved in achieving some goals is anything but enjoyable, however, the benefits that come from achieving them are. Such goals are those bigger, more ambitious delayed gratification goals.
Other goals – for example, the goal to take an hour each week to spend time doing something you enjoy – bring you fulfilment in the moment. The outcome for both is the same. They both serve to create the kind of life that you want to be living.
Make Your Biggest Goals the Most Embarrassing
Now, this brings us to those big life-changing goals that I mentioned in the beginning. These goals are meant to embarrass you, so don’t be ashamed if they do.
The more ambitious the goal, the more embarrassing it will be. What I mean by embarrassing is that you would be embarrassed to tell people about it because the goal is so far removed from your current reality.
It’s embarrassing because it’s difficult if not impossible to imagine how you will achieve it.
But that’s OK, in fact, it’s great!
You never know exactly how you are going to achieve something that is so grand. Particularly when it involves so much change from your currently reality. Furthermore, life hands us setbacks and detours along the way which means that our plans and direction often change.
The most important thing is to hold on to the vision of your biggest goal and take the small, consistent action steps that will bring you closer to achieving it. Consistency is king here, consistency and imperfect action.
Sometimes we get stuck waiting for the perfect time or circumstances, which NEVER arrive! So don’t wait. Sit down and figure out what you can achieve at the moment and begin working on those action steps. When you take small, consistent action steps as often as you possibly can – daily is ideal – you’ll be surprised by how much you can achieve within a short period of time.
And be proud that you have an embarrassing goal, because the more embarrassing it is, the more ambitious you and your dreams are!
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