A big part of our failures and frustrations come from the fact that we haven’t achieved the goals we had when the year started. You may say: “I know that!“. However, allow me to dig a little deeper into what we already know.
A while ago I was inspired by a decision made by someone I know. He decided that it was time to make some changes in his life. He is married, he has three children and he is a middle aged man who decided to finish something he had started when he was younger: he decided to finish his university education.
He went to the University where he had stated his education, he got the information he needed about the courses he had to take and then he started to study for all the exams he had. He had to make a lot of sacrifices in order to finish his education.
How did this story end? After months of studying and of making really big efforts not to overlook his role as a husband, as a father and as an employee in a very important company, he passed all his exams and he graduated from Civil Engineering School.
Aims, goals, decisions. One thing leads to another, allowing us to fulfill our dreams.
As my friend could prove, goals are very important, because they make us grow. But goals are nothing without aims. Aims in which we should invest all our best efforts.
Long term aims such as finishing our university education, imply that we have short term aims, for example pass all the necessary exams, have less spare time, reschedule our activities, etc. in order to graduate.
King Salomon said: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 (NIV).
What about you? How have these first months of the year been for you? Perhaps you started with a lot of enthusiasm, with important goals regarding different areas of your life. And maybe you are achieving those goals, or perhaps you have already given up. However, whatever your situation is, you must be aware of the fact that you still have time to define what your long term aims are and which are the steps you need to take in order to achieve them.
Have a Good Weekend!