I’m all for setting myself targets, goals, whatever you want to call them. In order to remain motivated and focused I need something to aim towards, a distant event or total that I can latch onto when I’m struggling to overcome the various challenges I set myself. They allow me a degree of control, a rarity indeed in these times of trial and turmoil that we are being asked to navigate.
Take books. I’ve just finished my third and it’s currently being pored over by my beta readers prior to winging its way to my publisher. Every step of the way I have set dates, aspirations that I have chipped away at like a mountaineer scrambling up a sheer rock-face. Small steps and no taking my eyes off the summit, all the while edging towards the ultimate prize – holding the finished product in my hands.
There are so many others that I clamber towards as well. Running targets, although 2021 has been fairly disastrous in that respect as I battle lethargy and unpredictable health. Work targets, family targets, the list goes on and on and on. Everything is measurable and I’m afraid to stop and step off the treadmill in case I can never back on again. Anxiety and doubt are always nipping at my heels while the OCD monster stirs in the corner, hinting always at an unwanted return.
Change is chaotic, challenging, and constant. In order to develop and improve, to reach new levels we need to adapt to, and overcome, it. As I attain my goals I realise I have changed in the journey towards them. I am a different person from when I set out upon this arduous path. That is where transformation takes place, the final destination is only a means to an end. How are you changing today? What are your targets and goals?