Most people fail to achieve their goals because they are so worried about their future that they miss creating it “right now!” Right here in the present moment. The best futures get created in the present moment. How do you do that? By having process goals. Process goals encourage you to enjoy the present moment. They are brief and achievable. If you set up process goals and fun tasks and projects, you will never have to worry about future “outcome” goals. Process goals should be very precise. I will study for one hour. I will run at 6 o’clock for 1 mile. I will make 10 outgoing calls. But, isn’t that reducing life to the mundane? “Mundane” is a story that we add to very interesting and exciting small challenges. Adding a negative word like mundane to a colorful, beautiful task is like painting a wildflower with gray paint.
Only you can fire your self up. Challenge yourself more. Get creative. The great quarterback Fran Tarkenton used to say, “If it’s not fun you’re not doing it right.” So forget about considerations of “happiness” and just get into action. Happiness is something you notice you are feeling later…..after you’ve been in action for awhile. It’s not something to worry about ahead of time. And don’t hold your happiness hostage to the achievement of a long term goal. If you do that, your happiness is always in the future. Always a hostage. And, the future doesn’t exist right now does it? Don’t create your year, create your day! Figure out the perfect day and live it. The year will take care of itself. So will your life!