Setting goals….

Goal!!

 

HA!! I tricked you!! There is no sports team here…just me!

 

The thing about journeys is that sometimes you need to know where you are going and in life’s journey sometimes this means setting goals, something that I’m trying constantly to achieve. I have never been a person who could do those 5 year or 10 year plan; I’m the type that just fumbles though every day and hope I land in a good place. I could never see myself in the future never able to visualize what or where I wanted to go.

Setting goals is widely considered a motivational tool used to get from point A to point B in the grand scheme of things. Being able to look at the bigger picture and breaking it down in to manageable bits and eventually getting what you want.  Whether it’s setting short-term goals or long-term goals being able to prioritize what needs to be done to get where you want to go is a useful skill to have and I’m envious of anyone who is able to achieve anything by setting goals.

When I was a kid being in the hospital a lot I ended up missing a lot of school and this may have played a part as to why now I’m unable to grasp this amazing skill.  My mother knew I had a lot going on and never pushed me in anything. If I didn’t do so well on a project or a test she would simply ask if I had tried my hardest for which I would answer “yes” then she would say “that is all you can do” and we would move on. There wasn’t a whole lot of motivation there, now I don’t blame my mother in the least and please don’t think any ill of her as I don’t, the flaw is 200% mine, which explains why in high school when she continued to ask and even if it wasn’t truthful I’d give the same answer that by guilt propelled me to actually DO better. Sadly this didn’t help my goal setting ability but did teach me other important lessons!!

There are many forms goal setting can take in one’s personal life being; Career, Education, Family and biggest one for most are financial. Growing up I had aspirations of what I wanted to be and it changed all the time however probably because of my lack of goal setting I’m not doing any of them. I did start getting my BA in anthropology however again due to personal circumstances I have yet to finish.

I have read up on various websites about how to set personal goals and it just doesn’t seem to stick in my head. Does this happen to anyone else?? Do you set short-term and long-term goals? Do you achieve what you set out to do??

I would like to say that being born different has skewed my ability to be able to set goals but I would by lying many people from all walks of life set and meet goals every day. I will continue on this journey of life try to set goals and with any luck they will happen….magically….yeah….

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