We all have a vision for our lives, or so I’d like to think. Maybe it isn’t an exact blue print with all of the kinks worked out, perhaps it’s just an idea of what we’d like to see happen.
About three weeks ago, I was thinking about life after graduation, real world living, and wrote out what my ideal day would look like. I noted that it would either be a Monday or a Sunday. Here’s what I described:
+ 6am. Wake up, check emails, twitter and instagram. Climb out of bed, dress and get in a 45 minute morning workout.
+ 7:15am Shower, get ready for the day and eat a good breakfast (likely something with fresh fruit)
+ 8:30am Head to work, either walk (if it’s nearby) or hop on the subway. Knowing me, I’ll be getting there at least 15 minutes early.
+ Noon Lunch time!
+ 5pm Head home, check (blog related) emails during my commute.
+ 6:30pm Get dinner ready –something delicious that makes the apartment smell yummy.
+ 7:30pm Schedule posts, read a few posts from my faves and unwind a bit. Work on any lingering freelance work.
+ 9:45pm Night time stretching/yoga.
+ 11pm Settle into bed, try to turn my brain off and get good sleep.
Just a small snippet, but I thought it was an interesting journal scribble. Doesn’t it seem highly specific and thought out? Yep, that’s exactly how my brain works. I need to see the small details and plan even the simplest things, like cooking a meal that would make my apartment smell yummy.
As beneficial as I think setting small, workable short-term goals are, I always take a minute to revisit the long term. We often get so caught up in our day-to-day routines and responsibilities that we forget about those big moves we had in mind. The books we wanted to write, e-courses we wanted to launch,vacations we meant to plan. They slip through our hands like sand, and then we are left standing still, holding onto nothing.
What big projects do you dream about at night, but cast away during the day to focus on the now and “practical” tasks? And even more importantly, are your short term goals preventing you from walking the path to your long-term destiny?
This is why I call goal-setting an art. It’s a skillful balance of the now and later that is excruciatingly challenging. Ever changing, shifting according to things in life that are often out of our control. It’s about avoiding the comfortable, at times, in the here and now to make room for the luxuriousness of a fulfilled purpose later. Working a 9-5 that you don’t like may mean that you feel comfortable and secure now, but that burning urge to launch, create, make, do something bigger, that eats at you constantly will keep you restless at night.
When I sent out this week’s newsletter (subscribe here if you didn’t get it) I talked a bit about jumping headfirst into whatever you’ve been dying to do. Don’t let your fear of jumping keep you from landing in the destination you’ve always dreamed about.
This week, take a moment to remind yourself of your long term goals. Have the they changed? Are they bigger now, or maybe even smaller? How are your present actions helping you in the long run?
I’d love if you shared some of your long-term goals in the comments!