You know, it strikes me as curious, and sometimes funny, when self-help articles talk about “reaching your dreams,” how the photo that goes along with it is usually from the beach. Something like this:
With silhouettes and water, or maybe someone climbing to a mountain’s peak.
I understand the symbolism, I really do, but I can’t help but think the only way reaching my goal looks like a beach vacation is if my actual goal was a beach vacation.
So in the interest of full disclosure, since we’ve been talking about finding compelling goals, I thought I would look for other ways to illustrate how reaching a goal can really look.
For me, reaching my goal usually looks like stuff piled on my desk because I’ve been spending time working at the computer, and I still have to do the dishes.
Sometimes reaching a goal looks like:
Willing your heart and mind to keep going in a half marathon when your legs are ready to give up on you.
Read more about Emily’s race at Remodeling This Life.
Sometimes it looks like gradually letting your child go out into the world, when you send her out in a backpack that’s so much bigger than she is. Photo by Megan at SortaCrunchy. I’ve been reading her blog for ages.
Sometimes when you reach your goal, you realize that what you really want is something completely different. Why Jules from Pancakes and French Fries decided to quit practicing as an attorney.
Sometimes you learn that reaching the goal means your heart is going to ache, and possibly even be broken. Jamie from Steady Mom understands how that feels.
Sometimes reaching a goal means making yourself vulnerable so you can speak to the hearts of other women.
I’m looking forward to reading the book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily Freeman from Chatting at the Sky.