Goal setting can be the bomb.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as setting and achieving a goal.
Whether it’s a deeply meaningful goal like resolving a debilitating health issue.
Or more vanity-driven goal like nailing a PR.
We’re not content.
We want more for ourselves.
We resolved to go after it.
It’s hard to beat the feeling of working towards and reaching a target.
This power to affect our circumstances is pretty rad.
That said, setting goals can have a downside.
The laser-focus that helps us work towards something important is the same laser-focus that draws our attention away from everything else in life that might matter.
Once the goal is achieved, the satisfaction is fleeting.
We’re reminded of one simply, unchangeable truth.
We’re still us.
Our life is still our life.
With the exception being any changes in us that’s occurred on the way to that goal.
Everything we had to do.
Everything we had to become.
That stays with us.
You don’t have to stop setting goals.
Or thinking about improving your life.
Or working for a better future.
Just don’t get so caught up in thinking about how life will be once you get there.
You’ll never “get there”.
There’s only here.
How will you make here and now as awesome as possible?
How will you lay the foundation for “here and now” to remain as awesome as possible?
How will you balance the two efforts?
Continuous, incremental, improvement.
Once you forget about ever achieving some end goal.
Once you let go of the idea of ever being finished.
Once you acknowledge that “health” and “fitness” are never-ending processes.
You’re free to explore what role those processes play in your life.
You’re free to simply, eat, move, and be.
A constantly improving.
And you’re awesome.
You’ve got this.