Goals as journeys, not destinations

I’ve avoided making resolutions this year, but that doesn’t mean that there are not things I want to do differently or better. I am mulling over some goals that I want to be explicit about and track my progress against, but I know that I will find some of them difficult to persevere with. There is a lot of information available at this time of year about goal-setting and resolutions. A couple of people whose approaches I admire are Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Nonconformity and Leo Babauta at Zen Habits. This recent Zen Habit post struck a chord.The philosphy is one I already apply:

Stop waiting for happiness. Happiness is right here, right now.

Unfortuantely, I can sometimes use this as an excuse the maintain the status quo. Instead, I should see it as a reason to make the most of changes I am making to achieve my goals. They are not chores – they are new experiences.

Learning a new skill. Whether you want to learn French, or to play the trombone, or to master Jeet Kune Do, will you only be happy once you’ve learned the skill? No! Learn to love the learning process! It’s an exploration not only of new territory, but of yourself. It’s wonderful.

So by all means, I can make a new resolution or take on a new goal, but I need to make sure I am enjoying the journey as well as anticipating the destination.