Are You Not Reaching Your Goal – or Do You Have No Goal to Reach?

In anticipation of my next series (Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose), I’m borrowing and revising this post that I wrote about four months ago on one of my other blogs.

Setting goals … a task that may seem like a “buzz phrase” used by mentors, coaches, educators, fitness professionals, and many other people. Yet setting goals in life is essential to keep us moving forward, rather than sliding backwards–or perhaps worse, standing still and stagnating.

Here’s that slimy, green pond picture again – a pond like this has no inlet or outlet, so it just stands still, stagnating. After looking at this for even a few seconds, the idea of stagnating should immediately repulse you!

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After my many attempts to blog consistently over the past few years, at this blog and my other 7 blogs (!), I have reached an epiphany of sorts: I need a reason to blog–not just blog for the sake of blogging or because “everyone else” is doing it, or blog because it’s more relaxing and different than my more structured freelance work–although those may at times be valid reasons.

In addition to these reasons, though, I need a goal–because obviously, those reasons alone get shoved aside when other obligations demand my time and life beckons to tend to important matters beyond the computer screen.

I was inspired by this quote:

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
Benjamin Mays, Educator

In order to reach goals, I also need a plan.  However, there are far too many times when I make those mind-numbing “To Do” lists for the day–and end up feeling bad about myself because I didn’t get everything done, rather than gaining satisfaction with the things I *did* accomplish. I have to acknowledge the fact that I usually put way too many things on the list than are humanly or realistically possible to do in one day!

So if you’re anything like me (and dare to admit it), the idea, then, is to not get upset about not reaching the goal–because at least we had goals to reach! Instead, we probably should take an honest look at what we can realistically accomplish in one day, week, month–and more long-term, over the next year, five years, and so forth–and concentrate on setting goals accordingly.

Now that summer is about half over already…I figured it’s beyond time to put old ways behind me and start some new habits and set some new goals that will give a new life to my blogs!

My overall goal for this blog is to use it to showcase my writing and establish it as a link to, and extension of, my portfolio; my short-term immediate goal is to follow the writing prompts for the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) this month, to infuse some new life into this blog.

After having my own life returned to me back in 1985, as I blogged about recently (Angels Among the Flames), I want to make sure I fulfill my purpose in life, part of which I believe is continuing to write and blog to share what I’ve learned along life’s journey.

Who’s with me? Do you have old habits to put to rest, and new habits and goals to establish? Are you participating in the UBC?



3 thoughts on “Are You Not Reaching Your Goal – or Do You Have No Goal to Reach?”
  1. Things to think about for sure. I am in UBC and have missed a few days. I need to be better about setting goals and making plans I am able to follow through with.
    Cathy recently posted..Broken

  2. I’m back again! luck of the draw I would say. 😉 Man, I have to admit I’m a little light in the goal department. But the blog challenge has helped me to light a little fire under my but and get to writing again. Now that I’ve checked that off my list… I suppose I’ll go work on my end of year goals. Thanks for the inspiration. Kathi
    kathi recently posted..July Wellness Challenge – Day 17

  3. My blog goal for this year is to write at least once a week. I have not always posted every week, but looking at my archive I’ve posted more times than the number of weeks that have passed so far. So it looks like I will reach my goal of 52 posts for 2013. I will wait until December to decide about 2014.
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