Isn’t it ironic that when a goal isn’t reached it is deemed a failure on ones own path. Although, not everyone sees it this way.
I have beat myself too many times not reaching certain goals that I had set. I look at my endeavour as a failure rather than a journey of discovery, learning and growth. I forget the progress and gains made in that process. I completely forget that some goals I had set was certainly to give me something to aim at, and definitely something to focus on.
The keyword in a goal is the phrase ‘something to aim at’. Take away our goals and we have nothing to aim at however basic that goal may seem.
I have come to the realisation that some goals take longer to achieve than others. Some are for self development and discovery, while some are just things that can take our awareness to certain areas. In all, it is just something that our awareness is aimed at.
I am practising being less harsh on myself realising that the process and progress in every goal is what counts. I wouldn’t look back at any point to evaluate my process or progress if there wasn’t something aimed at in the first place.
Be gentle on yourself if that goal isn’t yet accomplished. At least, you are driven by an aim. Take some time out to see your progress and what you have learnt in the process.
Slow progress to your goal is better than none. You still have ‘something to aim at’.
It is a mistake to think time is going. Time is not going. Time is here until the world ends. It is you that is going. You don’t waste time. Time is infinite. You waste yourself. You are finite. It is you that grows old and die, time doesn’t. So make better use of it. And one of the worst things to do with time is comparing yourself to others. A cow eats grass and gets fat but if dog eats grass, it will die. Never compare yourself with others, run your race. What works for one person may be that which will kill you. Focus on the gifts and talents God gave you and don’t be envious of the blessings He gave others. If a rose smells better than tomatoes, It doesn’t mean the rose can make a better stew. Don’t try to compare yourself to others. You also have your own strength, look for it and build on it. All animals that exist, were in Noah’s ark. A snail is one of those animals. If God could wait long enough for snails to enter Noah’s ark; His door of grace won’t close till you reach your expected position in life. Never look down on yourself, keep looking up. Remember that Broken crayons still colour. Keep on pushing, you never can tell how close you are to your goal.
I was sent this powerful message via my WhatsApp chat. It was a forwarded text so I couldn’t place the source that have written it. I have chosen to use ‘Anonymous’ to credit the author and I hope the real author can find this so I can give whomever their deserved accolade.
This is such a powerful message. How we spend our time is crucial. Life’s projects and goals need extensive time management. I find myself tuning in weekly to Chris Croft’s Success Habits weekly and Dave Crenshaw’s Time Management weekly courses, both on Lynda.com/LinkedInlearning in order to master how to manage my time.
I do struggle with time especially when prioritizing on things essential and least essential. Numerous time I look back and think “what did I really do with my time today?” — ‘day’s gone, and I’ve accomplished nada!’ Time seem to go by so quickly, or so it seems.
Like the author has eluded to, it’s terrible practice comparing oneself to others. We each have our unique gifts and talents, and we run our individual race. “Comparison is the thief of joy” says Theodore Roosevelt.
Comparison leads to pain and misery. Making optimal usage of time in our hands leads to a much fulfilled life I would say.
Let’s make the most of our time. Come on now, we can all do this!
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By Philip Abang