Do you find there comes a time when you are compelled to set goals whether in life or business and the journey towards those goals simply must be embarked upon?
Sometimes when you are in search of success in your life you might find yourself focusing on the goal, instead of on the journey towards that goal. The challenge is when you do this, you miss out on many of the lessons to be gained along the way, which will support not only with this goal but also future goals.
When you begin a goal journey, there is often a tickle of excitement, the fun of experimentation, a sense of momentum and motivation. Then when you accomplish your end goal, there is a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment. The starting point and the end point are something for you to celebrate and so is the journey in between!
So you don’t miss out on any of the lessons along the journey from beginning to end, here is a useful technique to use:
Depending on your goal, whether it is becoming a more effective and confident presenter, build a more profitable business, improve your performance as a professional athelete or weight loss...really it does not matter...keep a journal of the process.
Keeping a written journal (either paper and pen, or online) can help you discover your thought and behavior patterns, positive and negative habits and can help you discover the thinking process you use and make you more aware of the actions you take...or don’t take. Some of these things will be obvious to you – they will not be surprising, at all. But some of the things you will learn about yourself will come as a total surprise, and herein lie the valuable lessons - the difference that makes the difference.
By learning what works, and what doesn’t work, how you tend to react to when things go well and when they do not, you have an opportunity to begin to learn to adjust your course based on where you are at that moment. And being “in the now” is a life lesson that can’t be underestimated!
When you take the time to examine the how and why of your process, you learn valuable lessons about your action and reaction. These lessons can be used in all areas of your life to facilitate achieving bigger, better, more useful goals. When you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, you can use that knowledge to play to your strengths and minimise your weaknesses.
But if you are unaware of the intricacies of your journey, you will miss these incredibly valuable insights and lessons.
Keeping your eye on the goal while becoming aware of the journey is the fastest way to embracing the success you’re after!
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Julie Silfverberg has worked in the field of personal and professional development for more than 20 years. She works with a diverse and exciting group of people. Each with their own unique talents and potential.