I wish I'd known this years ago. I used to hate goals because I felt like a failure if I didn't achieve them. But the purpose of goals is actually to see who we can become in the process of reaching for them.
Jim Rohn, perhaps the most quoted personal growth legend: “The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them."
This may have been obvious to you but for me, it was a huge release that allowed me to start setting stretch goals for my health, fitness, art, business and really let go of the idea of results. Before I just seemed to let the result loom over me with a sense of, "here's another goal you are going miss, another failure, etc." I know, I have a nasty inner critic but she's getting quieter these days maybe because I'm busy becoming the person to achieve what I want in life.
Take my art business for example. I used to get all caught up in whether or not I could make a go of it, or if I even should try, what if it didn't work out, blah blah. Now I'm just doing it. I set my goals, built-in some habits, put them in my schedule and I'm working my plan. It's not easy some days but I expected that. I truly don't care about whether or not I hit my goals. And I'm loving the process and journey like never before.
So my question for you is, what goals would you set if you let go of the result? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!