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One of the keys in Lifestyle Design and Personal Development is to set goals for the things you want to achieve. However, I’ve noticed recently that by the time I have achieved a goal, I am already thinking beyond it and have “moved” the goal further back.
As a quick example, one of my goals for the last few years has been to transition from being an employee to running my own business and doing so in a way that is location independant – meaning that I can do my work from anywhere in the world.
I’ve recently taken a trip to China, and I took my laptop & work with me and I was able to successfully test my location independence. I can now say that I can effectively run my freelancing business from anywhere in the world. Goal achieved right?
But before I was even back in Australia, I realized that merely being location independent was not good enough. I realised that I needed to evolve my business beyond this and develop it so that it creates income passively and gives me even more freedom. This is something that will take 2-3 years of hard work. The goal posts have moved.
This idea of moving goal posts can be extremely frustrating because it invokes a sense that I’ll never be “finished” in this quest to build a great life and grow as a person, there will always be another step to take. But at the same time, I have a sense of wonderment because I know that the options are unlimited and that the more I evolve, the more I will see what’s truly possible.
I just need to wrap my head around the idea that as I evolve, my goals will evolve with me – they will always be “moving”.
In essence, this means that we need to find a way to be happy and satisfied wherever we are in life, right now. Because if we tie our happiness to some future condition, (I’ll be happy when I…) by the time we get there the goal will have moved.