When It’s Time To Let It Go: Which Goals Are Really Important To You?

Without goal setting, it’s hard to find satisfaction in life. You first have to know what you want and then start plotting for that direction. Sometimes, though, it seems like there can be too much of a good thing. Is your resolution list for the next year 20 pages long? Are you really a super hero who can achieve a million things or is it more realistic to focus on a few key goals?

Sometimes it’s good to not only break your goals (or resolutions) down into bite size pieces, but also let go of some of the goals—at least temporarily. Can you really write that novel, be a good parent, get a promotion, climb Mt. Everest, get your masters degree, learn to crochet, buy a new house, and cook dinner every night this month, let alone in the next six months?

Well, there are those out there who might say “yes,” but I’d challenge you to think about if the stress level, high blood pressure, and health problems are really worth it.

What if, instead, you sat down and took just a couple entries from your goal list and focused on the ones that most excite you? Could you achieve those? Probably, yes. Would it make your life less complicated? Probably, yes.

We live in an instant gratification, be-it-all culture, but the ones who really succeed are those who focus and aim for achievable goals. Those people don’t kill themselves trying to achieve their goals because they make them realistic. They know that taking breaks and recharging is important. They know that staying in tune with the Universe is important. They’re not afraid to fail—and so they miraculously end up succeeding.

It’s interesting, but when you let some goals go and focus on others, you actually start achieving even more. It’s hard to wrap your mind around 100 goals for the month, but 2 big goals make sense. When you cross those 2 off your list, focus on 2 more.

You may have heard the saying that it’s about the journey, not the destination. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to setting goals. Even though the end goal is your desire, everything that happens in between is what makes up your life and your memories. So, keep refining your big goals, but also be flexible with them and know when it’s time to let go and give them up to the Universe.

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