GoalsSubmitted by What's in a name on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:03
I gave my kids a bath about a half hour ago and put them in bed... normally my wife handles bath time, but my daughter's birthday is tomorrow and my wife ran out to get some last minute stuff for a small family gathering we'll host tomorrow night.
I set this goal when my wife left to run errands to try to do something to make her life a little easier before she got back. Bath time was a small thing... 15-20 minutes, not a ton of effort involved... but it made my wife smile and hey, that was the ultra-simple short-term goal.
I retreat to a little space in my garage (a tiny corner of my garage is my only little "man cave" escape) to be alone with my thoughts or smoke a cigar and surf teh interwebz... tonight I'm smoking a great Camacho... but that's a whole other story.
This post is about goals. Reflecting on that super short-term goal of saving my wife a few minutes got me thinking about other goals... Some triumphs, some failures and some "I'll tell you in the morning, but it's looking good so far" moments... I've found that goals are really important in my life. If I wasn't comparing myself to some sort of standard (whether it's a real one or one I've constructed in my own head) I'm likely to do nothing. Seriously... nothing.
I've gone through life as an extreme over-under-achiever. If I'm motivated and inspired, I'll break records, I'll innovate, I'll move the freakin' earth itself if you give me a place to stand... but when I'm unmotivated and uninspired, I'm one of the most useless people on the planet.
As a young-adult I always looked to "leaders" at work, or in different friendship circles to provide that motivation and inspiration and a few years ago, in my early 30s, it just stopped working. I'm sure it's tied to the "awakening" as so many here call it, coming to terms with a bogus, rigged system... anyway, it forced me to look inside for motivation. That was the best thing that ever happened to me.
I've forced myself to set daily, weekly, monthly goals for the past 20 months. Since I've started doing this, I've achieved more in 20 months than I did in the previous 5-6 years. (and done so with less free time to pursue these goals) I haven't achieved every goal on the list... some have been on the list as weekly goals for a few months, but actually having the list and looking at it has made a big difference for me.
Anyway, I wanted to see if any of you have a similar practice and want to know what some of your goals are? what are the minds of the DP setting themselves to accomplish? What greatness can we expect from you? (can you expect from yourself?)