Goal-setting is believed to be an important first step in attaining success. However, goals need not necessarily be set in a specific manner. Neither should success possess a universal definition.
Goal-setting can be compared to choosing a destination; and as you would map a route to your destination, it’s advisable to have a map to guide you towards achieving your goals. In setting goals, I recommend considering the different aspects of your life (e.g. work, relationships, health, self-care, personal qualities, etc.) and thinking about ways in which you feel you should improve on these different areas of your life. To begin with, it is important to have your personal definition of success.
While the concept of mindfulness (being in the present)may seem out of sync with goal-setting (which is future-oriented) mindful awareness is beneficial to ensure that your goals are aligned to your core values. Mindful awareness is important when setting goals, as you become aware of how the thought of striving towards and reaching your goals makes you feel. You are thus more likely to make goals that are important to YOU, and not dictated by society or anyone else. Once you have decided on your goals, as with reaching a physical destination, you will need a route to attain these goals. Creative expression of your larger goals and the steps towards achieving them serves as a reminder of what you are working towards. Whether its a vision board, a Pinterest board or a list, it helps to have a reminder of what you are striving towards.
The benefits of mindfulness in monitoring your progress are as follows:
Whatever your definition of success and whatever goals you choose, the most important factor is that you enjoy the process (by living in the present) instead of focusing on the future when the goal is achieved.
Originally published at medium.com