I am celebrating the culmination of a long-term personal goal that I finally achieved today!!! It was exciting to wake up knowing that today was the day! Woohooooooo!!!!
As I said, the goal was personal and I will refrain from sharing the details, but I’m hoping I can share enough to inspire you to whatever seemingly impossible goal you may currently have.
I embarked on this goal three years ago. I looked at where I was and where I wanted to be. Looking at where I was felt like a punch to the gut. Looking ahead to where I wanted to be seemed as likely as sprouting wings! However, when I imagined (visualized) reaching the goal, it felt right. I went with that feeling and set my mind to achieving it! I did not place a time frame on my goal, but rather approached it based on what resources I was willing and able to commit to it. For all this time I kept my goal in focus and moved toward it step by step. I utilized a journal to track my progress and seeing I was getting closer to my goal was vital to continuing! It is what kept me moving on the days I became frustrated, the times I opted out of activities I would have enjoyed, and to accept a number of sacrifices I chose to make.
Each time I was faced with stepping toward my goal or making a choice that moved me away from it, I went back to the my journal and to the feeling of reaching my end goal. Reconnecting with that feeling kept me going in the right direction EVERY time! As I moved closer to my goal, another wonderful thing began to happen: I realized I was making CONSCIOUS choices, I was in charge of my thoughts, feelings and actions! I took inventory of the ways I was spending my time, energy and other resources and decided cutting out several activities and even some relationships would be beneficial. When you’re swimming toward shore, it does no good to have anchors around your ankles!
Now here I am…wearing a badge of pride! I DID IT! There are no ticker-tape parades, fanfare, or even outside awareness of my goal, other than my self-indulgent post here. It’s great to have successfully accomplished what I set out to, but there is another goal already on the horizon. What I’m really celebrating, the true reward, is the sense of satisfaction, empowerment, pride and achievement I feel!
There is a saying, “The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.” I ate my elephant–albeit with a little indigestion from time to time–and I know you can too! I’ll be waiting for you at the finish line 🙂