In Others’ Words: Choosing the Goal or the Obstacle
I apologize for missing Tuesday’s post. I was traveling back from Washington, DC. after spending several days there while my daughter’s volleyball club competed in a tournament.
On the way back, I finished reading From a Distance, a historical romance by best-selling author Tamera Alexander, and the source of today’s quote. It’s always fun to read a good book — one that is well-written, entertaining … and one that makes you think.
This is one of those “You can’t really argue with it” quotes. Oh, sure, it’s important to consider what obstacles you might face when you’re setting your sights on a goal. But you can only focus on one thing at a time: the goal you want to achieve or the obstacles you might run up against.
If you concentrate on what might go wrong, those possibilities are going to loom larger and obscure your view of the goal. You know what else? Brooding about difficulties breeds them. A negative mindset fosters negativity. Yes, I just repeated myself, but it is well worth repeating.
What’s another way to define the word goal? A future accomplishment. Yes, you may have to make adjustments to your original idea of what the finished goal looks like. That’s called adapting … not failing. But if you’re going to focus on anything, keep the end in sight — not the deterrents you run up against along the way.
In Your Words: What goals are you aiming for today — little goals or BIG goals. How have you adapted them so they’re still attainable — and still valuable? How do you focus on your goals and not the obstacles?
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