Achieve What Seems Unachievable

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things"- Albert Einstein.

They say "money cannot buy happiness" so then Einstein's point about not tying a goal to a materialistic value is on track, but isn't the key to true happiness having someone to share those values with?

So why would Einstein say not to tie your goal to a person?

There is no doubt that sharing success and values with another brings a happiness that comes from deep inside.

However, before one can be happy with someone else and reach that level of success he or she wants to share, there needs to be a happiness that only the individual can achieve.  Goals are personal objectives that can only be achieved by an individual for true personal satisfaction. To accomplish a goal, a person cannot rely on others to do the work because not everyone has the same goal.  Also, true success comes from knowing and feeling the personal efforts that went into obtaining this priceless ideal.  An individual can then share the benefits and the happiness with others.

Goals are important for several reasons.  They help to reach the "big picture."  However, the big picture is different for everyone.  For one person, it may be something as small as organizing his or her closet.  For a sports team it may be to go one season without being defeated.  A business might make the goal to increase profits by 15 percent from the last quarter.  Goals give purpose to certain actions in life; they give a sense of accomplishment.

Since goals are so important how is it that they are so hard to achieve but so easy to fail at reaching?

Jimmy Dean once said, "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

The best things in life are not free, both metaphorically and materialistically.

Steve Jobs did not create Apple without a little elbow grease and Beyoncé did not receive 16 Grammy Awards just by singing in the shower.

Jobs and Beyoncé have two very different professions, but what they do have in common is that they worked hard to achieve the success that is recognized all over the world.

Failure is an ugly, but very common word.  However, it is what an individual does when failure knocks on the door that allows for an option of success or despair.  Does he or she welcome it in? Or say no thank you?

Giving up requires less work and less time, but it takes away pride and motivation.

The key, is to push aside frustration and go for the goal! (Pun intended?)

Take a basic situation such as riding a bike.

  • Get on bike.
  • Start pedaling.
  • Fall off.
  • Sit there and ponder "try again or give up?"

Obviously the right answer is try again.  It would be uncool to be the only kid who doesn't know how to ride a bike.

  • Get back up.
  • Brush your shoulders off.
  • Try again.

End result: Professional cyclist.

Ok, maybe not a professional, but the goal was ultimately achieved after some effort.

Since most goals are not as basic as riding a bicycle, there needs to be a little more planning.

As Larry Elder said, "A goal without a plan is just a wish."

Having a plan makes the goal more attainable.  It provides an idea as to what needs to be done to get to the ultimate result.

Be SMART about goal setting.

Setting a specific goal allows an individual to understand what needs to be done without adding extra work.  Make it as simple as possible so it is easier to focus.

If the goal is measurable it is easier to see the progress that has been made.

An attainable goal is a goal that is realistic.  Is the goal something that really can be achieved?

Making the goal relevant allows for more attainable and specific goals that pertain to the individual's lifestyle and needs.

Lastly, setting a timetable or a limited amount of time to accomplish a goal allows it to once again be more attainable and structured.

In addition to being SMART about forming a goal, it is important for the individual to know himself or herself.  An individual should ask questions such as:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I like?
  • What do I dislike?

This helps the person to figure out more about himself or herself.  It is helpful in figuring out what might work in the process of reaching a goal or what may not work.  It is different for everyone.

It is important to remember to try again even if it does not work the first time.  Also, it is important to be SMART and to know oneself inside and out before starting the process of reaching achievable goals.


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