Some say goals are good, others will even argue they are great. Yet an achieved goal can land us in the hot seat to wondering what in the world we’ve been doing the last 15 years of our life.
When we were little, we found we were better at something than most of the other kids around. It felt really good to be good at something. We received praise and shelves full of trophies. People were quick to paint out the path for us. The path leading to greatness.
We gazed down the road ahead and saw way down and around the corner–success. It looked amazing. The people that hung out in the success group became our idles. They had fame and fortune and a sparkle in their eye. If only we could hit the mark–then we would have something to really be proud of.
Research began as questions flew out of our mouth left and right. They gave us encouragement and told us how wonderful it would be once we got there. Smaller steps were put in place to help keep us on track, and with each new step came another period of praise.
We put in so many hours. Our blood, sweat, and tears.
The years passed and what once seemed like only a distant goal was now our reality. Finally.
Shockingly however, the track continued and we were expected to move on. They didn’t tell us about this part. Our goal wasn’t the end all, it was just somewhere in the middle.
“If only they would have told us.”
They showed us where the goal was. They made it so appealing. They lied. They left out the rest of our story.
Life doesn’t start when we hit a milestone or an achievement. Life is continuous and there is always room for improvement. If we set a goal for ourselves, we are selling ourselves short. Because we are capable of so much more.
You got into college, now what? You made the college roster, now what? You got married, now what? You had a baby, now what? You wrote a book, now what? You got the job, now what?
Life isn’t going to make us happy when we achieve a status, but only for a short while. The end goal isn’t achieved until we are looking down the face of death, happy. That’s the true goal right? Isn’t it happiness we’re searching for?
Happiness is ready and available today. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, and certainly not 25 years from now. So take today for all it’s worth, not trying to rush to the next step, but gracefully working hard with the hope for tomorrow. Keeping our eyes on what is to come after the goal–let’s prepare for that.
Happiness lies in a conversation with a friend. Happiness lies in a high-five. Happiness lies in a good book. Happiness lies in a run down the sandy beach. Happiness lies in a nap. Happiness lies in a good marriage. Happiness lies in an act of kindness. Happiness lies all around us.
Goals can blind us from the success we’ve already accomplished and what’s to come next. Let’s not find ourselves ill prepared as we arrive at a goal on the fast track. Let’s take our time not to miss out on something along the way. A little knowledge here, a little wisdom there.
Expect the goal to be attained because we are amazing like that. Then we will be thankful we took our time getting there because the best is yet to come. We are ready.
Have you reached a goal to find it wasn’t what you hoped it would be? Have you thought about what your goals are going to bring you?