I was filling out a new goal template that I’m using with my mentor to help keep me accountable to the massive amount of things I was to accomplish, when a question stopped me dead.
“List specific reason, the purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. (This is your reason “why”).”
It stopped me because I knew the first answers that came into my head wouldn’t fly with my mentor. Things like, because it’s cool or because I can, just wouldn’t be enough. That got me thinking about the past.
Maybe the reason why I’ve been struggling to finish anything I start is because my reason why had never been enough.
For example, I participate in something called NaNoWriMo every year. Basically, it’s a goal to write 50K words in 30 days. The last few years I’ve been drifting from it and haven’t written anything substantial. But still, I was filling out my goal template to accomplish the 50K race once again. Then I got asked my reason why. The only reason I could think of, was because I’ve done it every year. Why not this year again? My dream was to become a novelist, wasn’t it?
Having to face my reasoning to do something made me realize my long term goals have changed. Starting this podcast has shifted what I want my career to look like. That doesn’t mean I don’t love writing, I just don’t have the same reason to do it that I used to. I’m not sure I want to be a novelist anymore.
Stating that is difficult not to mention it was unrecognizable until this goal setting template that I found on the internet came about. I was going to continue what I’ve always done because, well, I’ve always done it.
That isn’t good enough for me any more and it shouldn’t be good enough for you either.
My advice to you, dear reader, is reflect. Take a moment to reevaluate what you’re doing and ask yourself “why”. Ask it a lot. You may not notice that things have changed until you do.