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Destination: Goals - Part Two

This is the second in a series of four posts about setting a course towards a new goal and embarking on that journey. Take a look at last week’s blog on intention if you’re curious as to how we arrived at this post today. This week is all about the destination. Don’t fret – you won’t be stranded at the airport with a ticket and no suitcase as we’ll be thinking about the feels and texture of the journey in a later post. 

Take a moment to recall what your intentions are – remember that it doesn’t matter whether you’re aiming big for your career, or a more small but still perfectly formed intention to bring more peace or zjuzz into your days. We’re here for you either way.

Now is the time to commit and put down the deposit on a particular destination. We are – figuratively – booking the hotel. 

Time to do some creative thinking. Write a long list of goals, one that isn’t limited by money or time of life, one that isn’t impacted by your responsibilities or lack of skill right now. Go big, go silly, go bold, go tiny, go selfish, go world-peace-inducing. 

Then go do something else for a couple of hours. You need to cool off, crazy dreamer! 

Later on, come back to your list and see which potential goals you are most drawn to. Then compare them with your “budget”. Do you have what you need to take on these goals now? 

By budget here we are talking about:

  • Time – is there enough? Are you prepared to drop some things from your schedule if needed? What would those things be and what would the consequences be. Is that okay for you?
  • Intention – do you want or need this enough to do what’s needed?
  • Energy – see intention! These two are closely linked. You may need to get by on less sleep, or to change habits that affect your usual energy levels. Are you cool with that?
  • (Boring, but) money – what are the impacts? Is it worth it? Is now the right time or would you enjoy this experience more next year?
  • Wiggle room – can your other commitments and loves flex to give you space to give energy to this new goal?

Give it some thought – then make your choice and celebrate that. Bask in that “just booked” feeling. Tell people. Enjoy thinking about how you’ll feel when you’re at your destination.

If something changes between now and your departure date, the moment you’ll step away from where you are now, it isn’t the end of the world. You may lose some money, some pride, or experience some confused reactions from people who are invested in your journey, but time will pass and so will this. You have to weigh up the pros and cons and act in your the best interests of your own world, which includes yourself, how you feel, and what you want.

And, of course, you may decide that nothing is as appealing as where you are right now. If this sounds like you, take a breath and notice what’s making you feel good. Maybe you’re seeking more of that, or maybe there’s something that’s bugging you that it’s time to transform. That different “here” is a destination too.

Claire Eadington geeks out on workflow management, performance and wellbeing.

Claire’s TEDx talk about barriers to performance for exceptional women kicked off the 2017 TEDxWhitehallWomen event in London.

Claire writes a weekly blog, Self Curious, on NPW’s website.

You can read more #NPWSelfCurious blogs here and find out more about Claire herself here.

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