1. According to this goal setting philosophy, you should only reach 50% of the goals you set. If you reach 100%, you aren't setting them high enough.
Ouch... if I should only reach 50% of the goals I set... that means I will NOT be achieving 50%. (And, yes.. I understand these are approximations.) I am just having a really hard time wrapping my head around this one... if I am setting goals in this fashion than I will not be achieving 50% of them.
As a goal oriented person, I get a certain satisfaction from achieving a goal. I don't necessarily need a huge party to celebrate the achievement of a goal... maybe just a pat on the back and a few words of praise. But, when I don't achieve a goal, I get really disappointed and it takes me a few days to kick the feelings of failure.
Why am I so afraid failure? I have a longing to please people and am terribly afraid of disappointing people (probably a post for another day). But, these are MY goals and MY life. I am not disappointing anyone if I don't reach a goal. I mean lets face it... people are more concerned with their own lives and goals to become so invested in mine that they are disappointed when I don't accomplish one of mine.
So... to summarize ... my approach to goal setting has always been challenging, but realistic and attainable goals. Yes, I take chances, but prefer to shoot for the moon and not the stars. And, there is nothing wrong with that. But, what if I set my goals a little higher? Would it push me just a little more to achieve something greater? Am I holding my self back?
2. It's OK to let a goal go.
As I mentioned early this week, I have been reassessing different aspects of my life to find a better balance. So, I suppose it is only natural that I would be shifting focus with goals. Maybe, just maybe, for this moment in my life... "run a marathon" is not that high on my goals list.
But, taking something that has been on my goals for probably 4 years and shifting it down, seems weird. But, right now, I don't feel excited by this goal. The idea of spending 4 hours on a Saturday running seems so daunting and honestly not that fun. I would much rather go to a yoga class, take the dogs to the park, and lay in my new birthday hammock.
I know I don't have to decide tonight about this goal. And, if I decide that now is not that time for me take on this goal, it doesn't mean that I won't ever take it on... I am ONLY 27 after all.
And... side note. I suppose this is one goal that I have set for 4 years and haven't achieved... I lived and no one really cared that I didn't run a marathon.
Thanks for listening to my evening ramble... Caleb is at the hospital (no surprise there!!) and not sure many people want to talk this deep at 10 p.m.