“…The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

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The title is an excerpt from a quote by Benjamin Mays I posted yesterday that got me thinking about goals.  According to the Oxford Dictionary, a goal is, “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”.  Right now my main goal is to do well in school and obtain my Landscape Design certificate.  Why?  Because through careful thought over a period of time I realized that at this point in my life, my place is in nature, not behind a desk.  It is a journey of personal growth that brings me great joy.  I love going to school and learning and I look forward to bringing nature to others and literally getting my hands dirty.

I wondered why this all felt so right.  Turns out, studies show the way I set up my goal contributes to feeling good about it.  Things like picking your own goal (as opposed to having someone choose it for you), focusing on growth and contribution vs. beauty or wealth, enjoying the process and choosing a goal that brings purpose to your life can lead to choosing the right goal.  You may want to reflect on your current goals and see if they fit this criteria.  Did you choose the goal or did someone suggest it for you?  What outcome do you envision?  Are you enjoying the journey?  Does the goal bring meaning to your life?

I know, it can be overwhelming.  Lucky for us, happify.com has an infographic that can help.  And those studies I mentioned?  They are just a small part of the excellent information that is included.

Are you ready to discover what your goals are?  Or evaluate your current ones? And how to work towards them?  Read on.

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