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The Power of Meaningful Goal Setting

Posted by Carole Mahoney on 1/25/24 7:45 AM

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Embarking on a personal growth journey requires a delicate balance between my skill set and mindset, with meaningful goals as the bridge. While motivation is the initial spark, the disciplined consistency in honing our skills keeps the fire alive. In this continuous process, writing down my goals, sharing them, and creating regular reminders becomes paramount.

The Power of Documentation:

I firmly believe in the phrase, "If it isn't written down, it isn't real." Writing down my aspirations solidifies them, making them measurable and shareable. Regular reports to someone else act as a form of accountability, increasing the likelihood of turning those aspirations into reality.

Continuous Process of Reflection:

I recognize that personal growth is a continuous work in progress. Regularly revisiting and refining my goals, whether through annual reviews, semi-annual check-ins, or milestone events like anniversaries or birthdays, ensures that my goals align with my evolving aspirations.

Visual Reminders and Personal Motivation:

Creating a visual reminder serves as a powerful reinforcement of our goals. These reminders are constant motivators, whether it's a photo, sticky notes, or even a scent. 

Personally, I have a picture of a pier with the sun setting behind it, symbolizing my desire to be near the water at all times.

Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation:

While both have their place, understanding the nature of the task helps determine the most effective motivation. The exercise of writing your own obituary has been a unique way to clarify your personal meaningful goals.

No One-Size-Fits-All Approach:

I firmly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to goal-setting. My personal meaningful goals vary widely, and what matters is their significance to me. 

The story of someone aspiring to own a jet serves as a reminder that the value lies not in the object itself but in its personal meaning to the individual.

Measuring Beyond Money:

The misconception is that goals must revolve around monetary motivation. For me, the measure of success goes beyond money and can be found in the freedom, independence, and choices that financial stability provides. I encourage myself to find what truly motivates me beyond monetary gains.

In the continuous journey of personal growth, setting meaningful goals, documenting them, and regularly reflecting on them are key components. Embracing the uniqueness of our personal aspirations and understanding the underlying motivations propel us towards a more fulfilled and purpose-driven life.

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