You set your sights high and you were chipping away for a while but it was an uphill struggle and now you’re running out of steam. You’re failing at your goal. Know what the trouble is? You’re caught in the ‘goal trap’.
Goals are all well and good but it’s important to remember the intent behind them. They’re not really about hitting targets and securing bragging rights; they’re about what you’re learning along the way and the person you’re trying to become.
- You're saving money because you want to be debt-free.
- You're working hard because you want to be your own boss.
- You're going to the gym because you want to be fit and strong.
Goals are merely the gateway to who you want to be. They’re the stepping stones. The means to the end, but not the end in and of themselves.
Don’t get so caught up chasing a dream that you forget why you’re doing it in the first place, or what you really want out of it. If you’re failing at your goal it’s because you’re focusing on black-and-white achieving instead of being. You’re too concerned with the short-term to see that you need to be in it for the long haul.
Remember, resolutions are for life, not just for New Year’s. 😉
So, if you’re failing at your goal, if you’re running out of steam, if you can’t seem to make any more progress… remind yourself why you’re doing it. Remind yourself of the person you’re growing into. What would that person do? Would that person be proud of your sacrifices and struggles, and tell you they were all worth it? If not, give up the ghost. If so, get off your arse.
When you feel trapped and like you’re going nowhere, you’ve got 2 options:
- Quit pushing and struggling and just stay in your cramped cocoon forever.
- Break free, little butterfly.
Which will you choose?
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