So what do you do when you reach your goal?
What do you do when you reach your target?
What's after that?
Did you know that many professional athletes work their entire lives for a specific goal? It might be winning a Super Bowl ring. Playing in the World Series. Competing at the Olympics. Breaking a World Record. Receiving a NCAA Division I scholarship. You name it.
These athletes work and work and work to achieve this elusive goal and then they make it. Many people think these athletes feel elation and are over-joyed with their victory. After all they accomplished their mission. They got their "dream." They hit the bullseye.
But in reality the opposite is true. After accomplishing their goal, these athletes feel let down, sadness and depression. They poured blood, sweat and tears into achieving that goal. They worked for decades. They sacrificed and then they finally made it only to look at themselves in the mirror and ask: NOW WHAT?
Perhaps some of these resonate with you:
- All the kids are grown and off to college. NOW WHAT?
- You won the big deal your company bid for. NOW WHAT?
- You started a new business and it's thriving. NOW WHAT?
- You lost 20 pounds. NOW WHAT?
- You got the promotion you had your eyes on. NOW WHAT?
- You sold your business and retired. NOW WHAT?
- You got into the school of your dreams. NOW WHAT?
Setting goals is great, but it doesn't stop there. We need to continually set new goals. There's always another mountain to climb. Another area of our lives we can grow in. Something new to learn.
Well I'm going to continue to write. But instead of everyday, it might be a few times a week. So stay tuned! You don't want to miss a beat! ;)
I also have a goal to sharpen and re-learn some of my French skills. I took French in high school and college, but haven't used it in about 5 years. I have a goal to go to France next year for my Golden Birthday (yep, 28 on the 28th) so I'm saving up (a financial goal), planning the trip and sharpening my French with a tutor.
Does this goal take time? YES. I have to invest in it with my time, energy and resources. But I know it's helping me grow in other ways. I'm excited to next year when I will find myself on the other side of this little mountain I've created for myself.
Another goal I set for myself is to max out my Roth IRA this year. Now some of you readers might think that's no big deal. You've been doing that for years now. Well to a self-employed, twenty-some who feels like a struggling artist at times, that's a big deal!
So what's next for you? Maybe you're at a crossroads. Maybe you need to take a look in the mirror. Stop living in yesterday's success and make a new goal for yourself. Create a new mountain to climb. Financially. Educationally. Relationally. Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally.