Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Motivate. Passion. Goals. Happier.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

As we close out 2010, think about what short-term and long-terms goals you set for yourself, whether it was at the start of  the year, monthly, weekly, or daily. Which ones did you accomplish? Which ones were thrown to the side? In order to achieve our goals, we must be passionate about them. We must make an emotional connection to them.
As individuals, we are programmed to focus on the destination when, in fact, we should focus on the journey. Consider this analogy: when we sweep a hallway, we are focused on the end result = a clean hallway. Why not focus on each sweep as we know that each stroke of the broom will ultimately drive us closer to the destination. If you are an individual who strives for progression in life, as I do, we will have goals after goals after goals to attain. When we reach one peak, we are at the bottom of another, so why not enjoy the journey rather than the destination. The destination will be satisfying, don’t get me wrong, but every step, every sweep, every stroke towards the destination is what should be our focal point.
A few points to set goals:
·         Happiness is a state of being, what goals can you set to make you happier?
·         Joy in the present results in joy in the future. What short term goals can you set that you WILL accomplish daily to bring you closer to your long term goals?
·         You are responsible for you. You are the only person that can attain your goals. Set your mind right and be patient in understanding that it takes time to make habits.
·         If you want to accomplish the goals that you set ALL last year, analyze them. What was GOOD that you did to work towards them? What can you do BETTER? Now, HOW will you accomplish them? Again, if you are not passionate about them, think about why it is on your list.
·         Finally, make the list. Set short term goals, which are the strokes of the broom. Set long term goals, which is the clean hallway.
E-mail me with any questions and feel free to comment. Have a happy and healthy day!
-Carisse Crossland

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