Having goals—where we want to go or what we want to accomplish in any area of our lives and by when—helps keep our energies focused and organized, whether in work, educational, or personal practices. Clearly defined and manageable goals can help us accomplish amazing things; however, it’s not always intuitive how to map out a path that will keep us from being discouraged when challenges interrupt our plans. Tried-and-tested goal-setting strategies give us the wisdom to set achievable targets that keep us motivated and on track.
To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There's no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realizing that it's all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities.
Your bucket list. Quarterly objectives. Strategic plans. Big dreams. Goals. Lots of goals and plans to achieve those goals―no matter what. Except . . . You're not chasing the goal itself, you're actually chasing the feeling that you hope achieving that goal will give you.