My Mindset: How To Set Goals
This is going to be the first of a new series that I am going to call "My Mindset" (I bet you couldn't have guessed that from the title of the post). In these posts I want to talk about, and just rant a little, about the methods and ideas that I have. The things that take-up space in my mind, that I think others might benefit from. Obviously this entire website covers so much; from fitness, to my mind, to travel, to tech, it really is a culmination of my thoughts and interests, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
How To Set Goals... And Crush Them.
I can remember when I first really started to set goals. Honestly, it wasn't all that long ago, it was 2014, I had just quit a job and booked a trip to Costa Rica. The first goals that I set were pretty ambiguous, and the goal was just to feel good and look good by the time my trip to Costa Rica happened, 9 months from the date I booked it. To say that I achieved it would be an understatement. I hadn't felt that good about myself, in comparison to when I started my goal in March, ever. The thing that struck me though was how as I got closer to the goal I had in mind, my mind pushed that goal farther away. My mind kept me chasing this goal. In the end, I realized that this goal was something I would never, and should never reach, instead it should always be moving farther away to cause me to push myself.
There is a video of Matthew McConaughey winning best actor, and his speech reminds me of the way I think of my goals, only his speech is about his hero. [Video to the right of this] Tell me what you think in the comments, because this speech is probably one of the things that everyone could learn from about pushing themselves, being their own hero, and using their goals to continue to push their hero further and further away.
In short, you need to have goals. You need something to chase, and you need to keep pushing yourself to be better. So why not have goals, keep reevaluating them, and keep pushing them further away. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, and you're at 8 pounds, make the new goal 20. If you want to save $10,000 and you're at $9,000, save $15,000. Push your goals. Never reach them. And be your hero. Push yourself everyday to reach your goals, work your hardest, and never reach them. Keep your eyes on the prize, but make that prize move away just as fast as you chase it down.