The Joys and Woes of Goal Setting

You know how it is when you finally get up the nerve to take the first step toward achieving a goal you set? You’re pumped for the first few days, working at a feverish pace to capture all of your ideas like lightning in a jar. Then the difficulties set in and your pace begins to slow. This sums up my outlook on the blog I want to create. I’ve traveled quite a bit for my career and for my personal interests. Along the way, I’ve learned how to find great deals and explore “hidden” gems. My DIY experiences were borne out of necessity as a new homeowner with limited funds. As I neared the end of my Master’s degree program last year, I decided to challenge myself by starting this blog to share the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years whether it’s travel, business or home improvement related. I had no idea what I was doing which became evident about ten minutes after I paid for the website. To this day, I still have no clue how to add the features I want or create a more intuitive menu bar to consolidate my (future) posts.

Despite the frustration I feel putting forth effort that isn’t my best work, I’m going to keep muddling through the difficulties to prove to myself that I can face this challenge head-on. I’ll let y’all in on a not-so-little secret: I struggle with perfectionism. If I can’t do something well, I don’t want to do it at all. However, it has been said that those demanding tasks we try to avoid are the ones that require the most strengthening. Have you ever struggled to hold a plank position for an extended amount of time or lift a 20 pound dumbbell in an overhead press? We shake, groan and strain because our muscles aren’t quite strong enough to complete this exercise yet. If, over time, we continue challenging those muscle groups, eventually planking for one minute will be met with ease. One day you’ll be ready for a 25 pound dumbbell. This too, is the case for our minds. As we strive, struggle, and climb uphill in search of our goals, we grow as individuals. Ever slay a metaphorical dragon and feel that surge of boosted self-esteem wash over you? Use these small victories to propel you forward towards the next hurdle. In the spirit of overcoming obstacles, I’m linking some articles to inspire you to keep moving on your quest to achievement, no matter what you’re wanting to accomplish.

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