By: Terri Hayes
I’ve noticed a trend lately when people talk about something undesirable to them, they stick “Franken” in front of the word or concept. “Franken,” as in short for Frankenstein. Something scary, unnerving or unsettling.
As the New Year begins, we often feel compelled towards resolutions and aspirations. Some are eager to set goals, make plans, and envision the versions of ourselves we wish to become. Yet, others might feel a bit queasy at the mention of ‘goals,’ perceiving them as an obligation rather than a genuine desire. But amidst this excitement… or anxiety, let’s pause for a moment and ponder over a thought-provoking idea:
The purpose of setting a goal isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the person we evolve into along the way.
Once we commence on the goal-setting path, it’s easy to fixate on the endpoint, the finish line that gleams brightly in our mind’s eye. We meticulously outline the steps, envision the outcomes, and set our sights on the target. Yet, what truly matters isn’t just the destination—it’s the transformation that occurs within us as we journey towards our goals.
Let’s say you decide to learn a new language, aiming to master it within a year. Along the way, you experience the thrill of grasping new words, the frustration of stumbling over complex grammar, and the joy of connecting with others through this newfound skill. The goal wasn’t solely about fluency; it was about evolving into someone patient, persistent, and open to embracing challenges.
In our everyday lives, whether it’s committing to a healthier lifestyle, nurturing relationships, or advancing in our careers, the essence remains the same. It’s not solely about shedding those pounds, but about cultivating discipline, self-care, and resilience. It’s not merely about climbing the corporate ladder, but about honing leadership, teamwork, and adaptability.
Take Jane, for instance, an aspiring leader in the corporate world. Her goal isn’t just to secure that promotion; it’s about developing empathy, effective communication, and visionary thinking along the way. She engages in mentorship, seeks feedback, and learns from setbacks, becoming a leader long before the title lands on her desk. When we focus more on the journey of a goal, it’s about not only achieving milestones but evolving into leaders who inspire, innovators who challenge the status quo, and collaborators who build bridges across industries.
So, as we gear up to set our goals for the coming year, let’s enjoy the journey at least as much as the destination. Celebrate the small victories, learn from the detours, and embrace the person we’re evolving into along the way.
Remember, the beauty lies not just in reaching the summit but in the person we become while climbing. Here’s to a New Year filled not only with achievements but with growth, resilience, and a deeper understanding of who we are becoming.
Cheers to the journey ahead!
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