23 July 2018

“It doesn’t do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” 

Albus Dumbledore

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Taking time to celebrate your progress brings back the real magic of goal setting.

How often do you set goals? Monthly? Annually? However often you do it, the fact that you’re setting goals is hugely important. Having a point on the horizon to aim for is the single most motivating thing you can do in life.

A goal gives you a purpose, a tangible focus. So how often do you review your number one goal?

All too often when we set these huge aims, the big dream, we forget to check in to see how well we’re doing. Whilst, of course, your eyes are on the prize, are you celebrating the milestones along the way?
It’s far too easy to forget to celebrate these steps; the small things, the one per cent changes. Each of these milestones is a change within ourselves or within our business. They may be tiny, they may seem insignificant, but they build up gradually to create a huge collective impact.

There is no denying that stories spark the best lessons and, surprisingly, one such lesson can be found in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. J.K Rowling’s work is quoted across the world and in particular, the wise words of Albus Dumbledore: “It doesn’t do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

It’s exactly right. Whilst setting a goal is incredibly motivating, dwelling on the outcome – on how far away that may be, on the challenge – inevitably has the opposite effect. The real magic of goal setting is recognising what we achieve along the way to that goal.

The dream journey

There are so many phrases, clichés even, that reflect this; reach for the stars and land on a cloud, and such like. When you set a goal you are stretching yourself, setting an intention to grow and develop. Ultimately whether you reach that end goal not, you’ll be a different person because of the journey that goal takes you on.

It’s not the end result that has the value, it’s the journey to get there that counts.

I like to use the analogy of Everest vs Snowdon. You have your big goal – your Everest. However, to reach the summit of Everest, you have to complete smaller treks along the way – your Snowdons. Reaching the top of Mount Snowdon is an achievement in itself and something to celebrate, just like reaching a milestone on the journey toward your big dream.

So as we start a new week, check in with your goals. Where are you up to? Are you ready to celebrate? Bring back the magic of dreams and goal setting!

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