My main goal in life is to grow.
I think it’s safe to say I’ve reached my peak height at this point so I won’t be growing upwards, that’s for sure – unless yoga will continue to stretch and release my spine through the years and I gain a millimeter or two. But spiritual growth, mental and emotional growth? That I can do!
I’ve set big goals in my life. I’m a believer that a person should “dream the impossible dream.” (I will forever think of my Grandpa Scott when I hear that song. My cousins and I used to pedal that melody on the player-piano and he would stand beside us and croon that tune with such class and valor it would make you stare in awe.)
With a list of personal goals, you and I have the opportunity to measure our growth. Not against any other person, but ourselves – because, as has been said by several wise folks, this journey is our own.
Let me first say that I think any goal is a “big goal” whether it takes years to accomplish or minutes to achieve. A goal is something you work towards and perhaps overcome fear or doubt to do so. So let’s rather say there are long-term goals and short-term goals (in contrast to big and small goals).
If all we’ve got on our list are long-term goals we may find ourselves feeling discouraged, stagnant or unsuccessful at times. To avoid those feelings, it’s important to break down those long-term goals into several short-term goals. Then we can easily measure progress and celebrate small successes along the way.
Becoming debt-free is long-term goal of mine. Every time I make an over-payment to the school loans, whether it’s a hefty payment or not, I celebrate. I’m not talking about a fancy dinner, or even a funny little dance (okay, I’ll be honest – I do the dance), but a simple recognition that I am one small step closer. I was successful in that moment/I accomplished something great! When that last payment is made, I think a really big dance will be in order (and some cake! – there must always be cake).
I know you know I’m nerdy, but this stuff really works! We are all a work in progress and we are all growing step-by-step, small success by small success, on our personal journey. Perhaps we’d like to be more thoughtful towards others, to overcome a challenge, or learn to enjoy every minute of life and not waste time. Whatever it is – and I’m sure it’s many of these tangible and intangible things, remember to be good to yourself along the way by celebrating your small successes. Break down those long-term goals and enjoy many celebrations of success!
On the same note, I think it’s a SUPER idea to recognize your blessings each and every day. Start a jar of thankfulness or keep a gratefulness journal. Every day write down what you’re grateful for and recognize the blessings in your life – even very small miracles that happened that day. Blessings, just like small steps of progress, are meant to be recognized and celebrated.
All of it is very good medicine for the heart.