This month we are embarking on an expedition to the fabled land of Goals. Over the next four weeks we are going to explore how to choose a trip, examine the many destinations on offer, plan the route, and pack our bags ready to set off.
No ifs or buts, we have to take ourselves with us. There is no use pretending you can leave behind the parts of yourself you don’t like. Check out last month’s posts on letting go if you’re after some insights on doing an inner spring clean before setting off on this adventure with us throughout the month of February.
So: what sort of trip are you looking for?
Just like our holidaying bucket list, our goals list might contain long haul destinations as well as minibreaks close to home. That is totally fine. Not every goal has to be big, hairy and audacious, just like not every trip can be a three-week stint in an all inclusive beach villa in Bali. Right now, you might just need a cheap Airbnb in the Peak District on a Saturday night and that is going to give you great feels if it’s what you need. You know yourself best, so do not apologise for setting the horizon that you want to head towards. You’re not going to benefit from setting off towards the goal of getting a promotion that involves international travel if what you want most is to get a dog.
Reality check: we are going to have to start where we are. None of us can make plans based on the teensy chance we’ll win the lottery next week, so we will have to be realistic. That said, your capacity to enjoy the ride is not dimmed by your bank balance or the weather en route, so do not get all judgy-judgy of yourself if you’re not here for that luxury villa in Bali. You’ll have a great time wherever you go.
So hopefully now you’ll have an idea of where you’re headed(ish). Next time, we’re going to flick through the travel brochures for our destination.
Here’s your homework:
This week’s post has been about intention. What do you want to get out of the experience of working towards your next goal? Write down some of the ways you will feel, or some of the new experiences or opportunities that will be open to you as a result of achieving that goal.
Claire Eadington geeks out on workflow management, performance and wellbeing.
Claire writes a weekly blog, Self Curious, on NPW’s website.