I have always been a person of resolve. I’ve been setting and chasing goals for as long as I can remember. (Nerd Alert: I read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People when it was first published – I was 12!) But, over the last few years I’ve made a major shift in the way I set goals, and it has dramatically improved my success rate.
For so long, my goals were all about what I didn’t want. Weight. Anger. Stress. Pain. Tension. Waste. Debt. They were “healthy” goals, but they were all focused on the wrong thing. Instead of mentally moving toward something, my goals had me running away.
With every step forward, I had one eye looking ahead while the other was watching the monster chasing me. That scattered focus limited my progress.
Now, I’ve learned that a good goal has gravity. Like a mother waiting with open arms for a hug from her child, they draw you in. Good goals empower and encourage.
Today, when I set goals, I focus on what I’m moving in the direction of. Almost magically, the stuff I’m moving away from becomes a distant memory.
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