Missed Goals and The Polar Express
Written by Laura Prather on December 30, 2014
Yep. That time of year again. Time to catch my breath after devoting every waking moment to a retail store with no break for nearly 2 months during the holidays. Time to pull down all the decorations and plan for the next year. Plus the realization that “Whoa! The year is over and, again, I did not come close to reaching my goals!!”.
Goals. Ugh. I have a love/hate relationship with goal-setting. I love to do it. I think it is important but I never accomplish them. At least that is what it seems like.
On paper the last year was a complete failure. Not only did I not accomplish a single goal but it appears I went backwards. I had a goal to lose 10 pounds. I gained 20. I had some specific numbers I wanted to end the year at with the business (obviously up) and we were surprisingly down. Bummer.
You know, I have to take that first statement back. I did accomplish 2 goals: I finally bought a kayak (and used it!!) and a gun for the women’s shooting club. It has been a long time since I took the time to participate in activities that were outside of work. So I should be happy that I did accomplish those 2 goals. (Happy Dance!)
The rest…well, yea…nope.
So the last few weeks I’ve been mulling over my goals for 2015 and I’ve learned some things.
- First, many of the goals I set were ones that I felt obligated to set or thought that was what I should do.
- Most of the goals were not important to me.
- The goals I have been setting are good but not the right ones for me.
- My goal setting focus has been misplaced.
Today I was reminded of a scene from The Polar Express and it explained perfectly to me to process and importance of goal setting:
If you have seen the movie you remember the part where the train, running out of control, hits the frozen lake. The lake starts to collapse and the train is
pushing forward without tracks. They can see the tracks on the other side of the lake but how do they get lined up when they train is sliding all over the ice?
The conductor (played by Tom Hanks) is on the top of the engine shouting down: ” A little more to the left! Right! Left!…” until at the last second the front of the train crashes down on to the tracks and pulls the rest of the cars in alignment.
Goals have to continually be adjusted to get it right. This year has brought a huge shift in my perspective of what my goals need to be in order to achieve what is REALLY important to me, not what I think should be important. I’m tired of chasing the things that I feel obligated to chase, all the while watching what I really treasure being passed by.
So I have a lot of new goals for this year and it does not involve my business taking up all my time but instead a lot more snowball fights, puzzle nights, long walks, giving, and investing (and I’m not talking about money).
Here’s to your New Year!!
Seek FIRST His Kingdom and His righteousness and all the rest will be taken care of. [my paraphrase of Matthew 6:33]