Goals vs. Growth

I’ve written a lot about goals and how to reach them. It’s something I’m very passionate about because it’s something that has brought so much value to my life. I’ve always been someone who knows what she wants – even if I didn’t always know how to get there. But what if you don’t have any real goals? What if you don’t know what you want? How can you pursue something you don’t know?

This can be a really frustrating place to be, but I think that making this small shift in thinking might help you. Stop thinking about moving towards a goal and start thinking about personal growth. Even if you don’t know WHERE you want to be in 10 years, chances are you can think of WHO you want to be in 10 years. Start with that. Do you want to be smarter, stronger, more disciplined, or a better listener? What kind of person do you want to be?

Growing yourself to become better or stronger in a certain area will ensure that even if you don’t know WHERE you want to go right now, when the time comes and that goal comes into focus, you won’t have to start from square one – because if there’s one thing I’ve learned about goals – getting to them is usually bigger and scarier than staying where you are right now. To reach goals you have to grow. So why not start growing now?

A few months back I read this fantastic book called: “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John C. Maxwell. If you feel like you want to move forward in your life, but aren’t sure of your destination yet, pick up this book. Let that be step 1. We can only do so many things each day to move forward, but we can always do at least ONE thing every day.

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