Objective (goal): Achieving goals requires: focus, long-term diligence and effort. Success in any field requires forgoing excuses and justifications for poor performance or lack of adequate planning; in short, success requires emotional maturity. The measure of belief that people have in their ability to achieve a personal goal also affects that achievement. [wikipedia]
I know and also believe that it’s very important to set goals in life, sport, work and other areas, if you want to know where you want to go with it. It really comes down to emotional maturity as stated on the wikipedia article. But in many many cases the most important thing seems to be forgotten… How about enjoying the journey you take to reach the goal? I’d like to take it one step further by saying: It actually doesn’t even matter what the end goal is, but the journey that takes you there should be about enjoyment and getting satisfaction out of it.
Of course I had my own learning moments, while I was discovering this for myself to be true. I would plainly set a goal and only focus on reaching it and in the end only feeling euphoric for a few hours or maybe a even day. I would push through some boundaries, with only the end goal in my sights. The only thing I had been proving myself was that I could reach a goal if I really put myself to it,… but this is really exhausting and you can only do it this way for a certain amount of time.
On the other hand, when you make the journey towards a goal more interesting by putting in some sub-goals and other useful stuff as you go on your journey, I find that it motivates me more. But even more important for me is that it makes the journey worthwhile and more memorable than just having only goal-focus.
The big difference comes afterwards, when you’re recapping the moments you had in reaching your goals. When you’re more aware of the journey you’re planning to make, on your way to the end-goal it will be more memorable and long-lasting. This actually helps me out on setting new goals and finding motivation in less motivated times in journey’s towards new goals.
Making it more memorable, really puts in the additional ingredient needed to enjoy the goals you set throughout time.