Super Habit #9: Pursue Some Goals

Okay, you know I’m not big on the whole goal-setting hype. Heck, I wrote an entire course on goal-setting and trashed it because I felt like it was just the same old preaching-to-the-choir message. But there is something to be said to having some goals to pursue.

To Pursue Goals Builds Character

You don’t have to write down every goal and track every step. You can if you want, but it’s never done much for me. You can still set some goals. Over the years I’ve set and reached a few of the following goals:

Guess what. I didn’t sit down and plan any of those goals. I just wanted to do something and I did it.

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but having done some of these things has helped me to develop character. And that’s the power of pursuing goals. It’s a snowball effect. When you pursue and reach one goal, it gives you the motivation and courage to pursue and reach another goal. And that says a lot for your character.

Success Waits for Those Who Pursue Their Goals

There is no guaranteed way to become more successful. But getting into a habit of pursuing a few goals can better your chances.

Employers are much more likely to hire people who have pursued and reached some of their goals. Going the extra mile could get you that promotion you’ve been wanting.

I encourage you to consider a few things you want to accomplish in life. I’ve still got a few on my list:

  • Move to the ocean
  • Downsize again
  • Live the van life part time
  • Create music for movies
  • Write more books
  • Etc., etc., etc.

You can make your own list. The key is to pick a few things you want to accomplish and go after them. Do your best to stick with your journey until you reach your goal. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach every goal you set. I’ve set some goals that I never completed and probably never will:

  • Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Design and build tiny houses
  • Become a rock and roll star
  • Drink less coffee (Why?)
  • Cultivate bonsai trees
  • Write a regular newsletter
  • Etc., etc., etc.

Believe me, I’m not beating myself up for not reaching any of those unmet goals. Well, maybe the rock and roll star thing, but that’s life. The point is that it’s okay to fail sometimes. But on your journey of failures, you’re bound to succeed, as long as you just pursue some goals.

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