Sunday, 3 June 2012

GOALs – where they take you & what they make you!!

Let this blog find you becoming more aware of your hidden potentials in pursuit of your goals.

In our exploration for conducting workshops for youngsters, we came across an interesting book for teens: “Being a Happy Teen” by Andrew Matthews. It was a few hours read. Very simply written and applicable for all ages!!

I found the following excerpt really inspiring and thought provoking.

It’s what you become…

Sometimes we pick up the newspaper and read where an accountant has just rowed across the Atlantic in a bathtub, or where a librarian is may be riding a camel across the United States.

We might ask ourselves, “why not take a plane?”

The answer to that is, “If you travel by bathtub (or camel), you arrive a whole different person from the one that left!” Not only do you reach your destination knowing a lot more about stars and rain and navigation – you know a lot more about yourself, and about your own courage and capabilities.

Buying a plane ticket doesn’t have the same effect.

When you set yourself a goal to learn the guitar or compete in a triathlon, when you set a goal to get a degree or a promotion or to learn French, you arrive at your goal a different person from the one that started.

That’s what “GOALS” are really about – what they make us in the process of achieving them. That’s why we bother.

Your friends don’t always understand this idea! So you may set yourself a goal – may be a fitness goal or an academic goal or personal goal – and your friends say “Why bother?” “What are you trying to prove?”

They may say, “It’s too hard!” “It takes too much time.” “You might fail!” “It’s easier to stay in bed!”

This may all be true. That’s why you feel so good when you reach your goal!

In a nut shell:
We set goals not for what we GET, but for what we BECOME.

Being a Happy Teen: Andrew Matthews

Can you recall some goals you set in your life and you worked hard for them. Whether you achieved the goals finally or not, look at what did you BECOME. How did you change in that journey!! You will be in for some interesting surprises!

Warm regards,

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