Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
~Benjamin Franklin

A young friend of the family went on the trip of a lifetime.   As part of her preparation, she sent letters to family and friends asking for money.  After a few weeks, she was able to successfully fund her adventure.

Shortly after she arrived back home, we received a letter of thanks for our support.  The closing line of the note said, “Thank you for helping me achieve my life’s goal of traveling to Australia!”

“Wow!” I thought.  “She achieved her life’s goal at 17.  Now what?”  

If she doesn’t create a new goal her life will languish.  At 17 that’s a lot of languishing. Knowing her setting new goals won’t be a problem.  However, for some of us it might be

As I mentioned in the last post, achieving a goal isn’t the interesting part.  At least it shouldn’t be.  It is the journey, including all the struggles, the highs and the lows, that holds the value.  The journey is the meal.  Achievement is just the desert that may come at the end.

Setting goals is important because they give shape and direction to our efforts.  They should be considered markers to help us determine if we are on the right track.  And once we achieve them, we should celebrate, briefly, then start the next goal.  We need to spend much more time celebrating and enjoying the journey because without continued growth and progress we may as well be dead.

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