It’s cliche but the journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step, Or maybe it doesn’t even have to be a step, it could be a thought, or an intention, or strategy, which will contribute towards a gradual positive change.
Thinking more about this as I type I don’t even know if goals are a thing anymore, Are they? As Amanda Ruggeri discussed in her article on ditching goals that although goals can be useful and performance enhancing, they can also lead to ennui, distress, a self perception of underachievement and an increased likelihood of bailing early on said goals.
I’ve moved from having goals as the endpoint of my existence rather as a strategy to achieve overarching themes of my life, that is, how do I want to roll out at the end of the day. Broadly speaking, it’s healthy (in the meta sense) with all the positives for me that it entails (calmer, nicer to be around, less anxious ). How do I fulfil my life’s theme of being healthy? Why I glance at steps to fulfil that theme, which for me involves...you guessed it, goal setting. Wait? What? I know, it seems counterintuitive considering I’ve spent the last 400 words banging on about the death of goals. But, if you consider your goal as a compass bearing, not a GPS coordinate, or a smaller component to realise a broader theme in your life I would suggest that you may see more progress than blind pursuit of a single outcome.