The funny thing about goals is when you reach them, you aren’t just supposed to sit back, have a Dr Pepper, and relax. You’re supposed to just add new ones. Not just new goals, though; you have to make them more difficult to achieve because, apparently, you won’t learn anything if they’re easy.

This never really made sense to me. Life is, in a nutshell, difficult enough. What’s wrong with resting for a moment before getting back into the grind? How is basking in the glow of a job well done a bad thing?

The answer, of course, is nothing. If you achieve something, awesome. Tell the world. Have that Dr Pepper. Post on Facetwitgram! Most of all, though, let yourself know that yes, it’s okay to complete a goal, and you are amazing for making it as far as you did.

After that, though, lies the problem. Too many people make one goal, complete that goal, and just coast on that the rest of their lives. Al Bundy was one of those people. Granted, he’s a fictional character, but he represented those folks who did one amazing thing and just stopped trying to do anything else. This leads to stagnation, boredom, and really a growing emptiness in life.

The key is, like all things, moderation. Of course, humans don’t know what that is, but it is the only thing that will allow you to not only achieve your goals, but set new ones you can one day complete. It’s like the Queen song “Keep Yourself Alive”: Maybe I can grow a little bigger, maybe that could be my goal. Truer words were never spoken.

All too often, there are people who push themselves too far, too fast, and they fail, and stumble, and fall, all in pursuit of some lofty goal they knew they had no chance of completing. When they fail, they get disheartened and chastised, either by themselves or by others. “I could” becomes “I can’t”, and eventually “I never will.”

The easiest way to achieve goals is to start off with equal amounts optimism and realism. Make a huge goal, but break it down into smaller parts. Use the optimism to reach a little farther, and the realism to know your limits. After that, make sure you don’t get frustrated. Some of the best lessons in life come from losing. I’ve lost before. I will again. What is important is I learn from those losses and apply the lessons towards my goals. Always make sure you keep learning, and never let a moment’s teachings be wasted.

The bottom line is don’t ever get frustrated when you don’t achieve all your goals, but don’t just sit back and think the last second field goal will carry you throughout life. Grow a little bigger. Reach just a little farther.

Most of all: Never be afraid to keep dreaming.

~ by Walker on January 27, 2016.

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