Small steps, great journey

Posted on November 22, 2010

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During this mornings Run & Reflect session, we talked (incessantly for 90 minutes and amongst a million other things!) about goals; the importance of them yet our aversion to the very word.

I for one am a very goal-driven person.  I set goals for the short, medium and long-term and have them set in stone on a document called ‘Compass’, so named as they keep me focused on the direction I want my life to go in.

The problem with goals though, is that the very word implies something you work towards, achieve, tick off the list …. and then what?  Surely, the same ‘goals’ are really an ongoing process of self-discovery and reaching new heights.  If, for example, you decide to lose weight or get fit – you identify your goals, set an action plan, work towards them and then once achieved, you don’t go right back to being a couch potato or eating junk food.  You hopefully have a whole new set of beliefs as to how you want to live your life. And even if you revert to living with looser guidelines, you at least want to maintain what you have accomplished.

Even if your goal was to run a marathon, after the exhilarating journey that the training entails, after crossing that finishing line, it is unlikely that you’ll never want to run another race …

The point of this post is this – goals are great, they give guidance and direction, they give us purpose and a mission – but be wary of ticking that box.  Rather, think of reaching your goals as a small step in a long journey – and remember that wonderful old Chinese Proverb,

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.”

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