Why hello there special reader! It’s great to have you back on this side of the internet; as always I’m one to jump into the point of the article without further ado – so let’s hop right into it shall we?
As a very goal oriented person, I’m writing this article from a position of having been in these shoes before. Whether it was a goal of speaking to the Director-General of the World Health Organization or growing my hair past my clavicles – when these goals are achieved, I always wonder, what’s next? Sometimes the goals lend the next step themselves, be it an opportunity being birthed as a result of optimal positioning, other times, achieving a goal can leave a sort of…emptiness.
A key difference I feel that’s between these two post-goal-achievement experiences is perspective. When you set a goal, do you picture what will happen once you get there? Or do you assume “then I will know I have arrived/succeeded”. Before you assume I’m pedaling a lack of satisfaction rhetoric, that’s not the point here. The point is to envision what happens next, even whilst the goal is a distant dream.
As a big dreamer myself, I cannot stress the importance of further strategy post-dream actualisation. After you spend so much energy to get somewhere, where will that energy go when you arrive? What will you do with the emergence of the free time that was previously dedicated to the goal that you’ve just attained? This is where the strategy comes in.
So whilst you certainly must relish in the success, whilst you take time to really appreciate the result of your hard work and determination, you should have a rough sketch of where you’re going from there. It doesn’t have to be detailed, I mean, which big dream is really all that detailed truly? But it gives you a direction and thus prevents the settling in of post-achievement emptiness.
I hope I’ve made some sense?
Till next time,
Dr. ETP xo