Short Term Goals: Creating Continuous Fulfillment February 1st, 2013
In a recent interview, British actor and author Stephen Fry said, “One of the worst things you can do in life is set yourself goals.” He explains: “Two things happen. One is that you fail to meet your goals so you call yourself a failure. Secondly, you meet your goal and go, ‘Well, I’m here now what’… Because you’re going for something outside yourself.” There is a lot of truth to what Fry says. Setting goals creates a dissatisfied present that requires constant work to lessen that dissatisfaction. However, this drive is often the only way to satisfy the want and secure the need for your future and your children’s future. There must be a way to chase long term goals without living an unhappy, unfulfilled life.
Obsession is unhealthy. Perfectionists are unhappy. If someone were to spend all of his or her time chasing one goal, he or she would be very unhappy if that goal never came to fruition. For every American Idol there are thousands of crushed contestants who will never succeed in the music industry. There is nothing wrong with dreaming big, but obsessing over that dream will most likely leave you frustrated and unhappy. Many people who are the best in the world at what they do still feel compelled to improve. This is why several world record holders strive to break their own records.
Long-term goals are often difficult to see. If all you can see is the end of the road you will most likely get lost along the way. Short-term goals are essential to bridge the gap, and advance your life story one chapter at a time. You can probably envision yourself earning a promotion easier than you can see yourself running the whole company. Consistently achieving short-term goals will bring you continuous satisfaction and make the journey toward those long-term goals more bearable.
Take things one step at a time. Sometimes frustration is the drive you need to get yourself moving a little faster. But, too much frustration can leave you miserable. Try not to behave in extremes. Most people only think about the short term. Others have their heads so high up in the clouds that all they will ever experience is disappointment. It’s ok to set goals just beyond reachable distance, but don’t be unhappy when you fall short. If perfection is your goal, you will always be a failure. Look behind you, and find satisfaction in all the steps you’ve taken. Nearly everyone goes to the grave with a list of regrets. Fulfillment is all about minimizing that list.
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