Goals are not a calling

I spent some misplaced time setting lots of goals in a desperate attempt to accomplish so that I could experience what some remarkable role models were experiencing.  I assumed that since they set goals, wrote things down, and worked hard, that’s what I should do too.

So I did.

But the feeling just wasn’t coming.  So with each New Year I went about my elaborate annual goal setting ritual.  I carefully reviewed all my great accomplishments of the past year.  Income? Check…  Read 50 books? Check…journaling?  Check

I visualized my new life, clipped photos and put them in a cool book with my goals and plan that I visualized my children reviewing some day.

After a ridiculous number of cycles of this process I finally figured out that my goals were like ladders leaning against the wrong wall.  It didn’t matter how many times I ascended the ladder, the feeling I was pursuing was going to remain elusive until I got clear on what was most important to me.

Successful people achieve goals, remarkable people come from an intention to remake their worlds.  Do they set and achieve goals? Sure.

But their goals are about contributing to others and they trust that the other things will follow as a consequence.  And they do because they get help that successful people do not in the form of increased internal motivation and external support from people who want to help make something great happen.

 

The Vaikido Hero Unschool

Unschool – to unhabituate from behaviors, beliefs, and paradigms that prevent prosperity in the connection economy.

Heroic Contribution – An approach to career and business building that builds and attracts a loyal following.