Are You Not Reaching Your Goal – or Do You Have No Goal to Reach? May the 4th Be With You!

Are You Not Reaching Your Goal – or Do You Have No Goal to Reach? May the 4th Be With You!

So today is “Star Wars Day” – and I couldn’t resist saying, “May the 4th be with you!”  😉

Anyway, setting goals … this may seem like a “buzz phrase” used by mentors, coaches, educators, fitness professionals, and many other people. Yet setting goals in life is essential to keep us moving forward, rather than sliding backwards–or perhaps worse, standing still and stagnating.

Think of a slimy, green pond with no inlet or outlet, and the idea of stagnating should immediately repulse you!


Don’t be stagnant!


After my many attempts to blog consistently over the past few years, at this blog and my other blogs, I have reached an epiphany of sorts: I need a reason to blog–not just blog for the sake of blogging or because “everyone else” is doing it, or blog because it’s more relaxing and different than my more structured freelance work–although those may at times be valid reasons.

In addition to these reasons, though, I need a goal–because obviously, those reasons alone get shoved aside when other obligations demand my time and life beckons to tend to important matters beyond the computer screen.



I was also inspired by this quote:


“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie

in not reaching your goal.

The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

–Benjamin Mays, Educator


This reminds me of the number of times I make those mind-numbing “To Do” lists for the day–and end up feeling bad about myself because I didn’t get everything done, rather than gaining satisfaction with the things I *did* accomplish. I have to acknowledge the fact that I usually put way too many things on the list than are humanly or realistically possible to do in one day!


So if you’re anything like me (and dare to admit it), the idea, then, is to not get upset about not reaching the goal–because at least we had goals to reach! Instead, we probably should take an honest look at what we can realistically accomplish in one day, week, month–and more long-term, over the next year, five years, and so forth–and concentrate on setting goals accordingly.


Now that SPRING is here–at least on the calendar (in some parts of the country, such as here in Maine, winter and spring were still sparring in April over whose turn it was!)–and as we head into a time that marks death of the former winter season giving way to the celebration of new life in this new spring season…I figured it’s time to put old ways behind me and start some new habits and set some new goals that will give new life to my blogs!


My overall goal for this blog is to post daily and share devotions and other inspirational or motivational thoughts to encourage any of you who read my blog.  I also want and need to start responding to those of you who take the time to leave comments.


In addition, after having my own life returned to me back in 1985 (as you can read about at one of my other blogs: Angels Among the Flames), I want to make sure I fulfill my purpose in life, part of which I believe is continuing to write and encourage others along this journey through life.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Who’s with me? Do you have old habits to put to rest, and new habits and goals to establish?

Do you already have a list of short-term and long-term goals?





23 thoughts on “Are You Not Reaching Your Goal – or Do You Have No Goal to Reach? May the 4th Be With You!

  1. There will always be hindrances, big and small that can stop you or slow you down from achieving your goals, but that’s really just part of the journey. You should never let these little things lead you to losing motivation or hope. Keep going, or as Dory would say it… “Just keep swimming!”

  2. I agree the great tragedy in life is not to have goals and your pond picture was a wonderful way to illustrate this. It’s very exciting and empowering to see exactly where you want to go and to design your life accordingly. Best of luck with your goals 🙂

  3. I’ve had a few goals and I’ve been doing pretty well with them. Of course the ones that most have are eating healthy and working out more. I’ve been doing both and it’s been working pretty good so far!

  4. My long term goal is to build my business to the point where I can hand it over to my boys (should they want it) and then I can retire on the beach!

  5. I have goals but will remain such unless I have to move, do something and work for it. Thus, beyond setting goals, you need to make sure to actually push yourself to reach for that goal. Nice read!

  6. Wow, that is a powerful quote from Benjamin Mays. I never thought about how not reaching a goal isn’t necessarily bad, but never trying to reach one is just sad.

  7. This was a very timely post for me. I have been extremely remiss with my own blogging that I began several years ago. Somehow it was easier with mother by my side, encouraging me to be brutally honest. I posted my first post in many months today as one of my goals is to continue the story. I know I need to be more precise in my goals and I hope to use your post as a reminder of that!


  8. I used to overschedule myself. I am much better this year than I’ve ever been. Its nice to take a step back and see weather your goals get you to where you want to be in the long run. I had to do that. They weren’t getting me anywhere and were making me frustrated. Re-evaluating them, and I’m so much better.

  9. Very good article.

    I am busy and seem to not have enough time.
    Maybe it’s good to stave depression away, but I feel need something more fulfilling.
    A God purpose.

    So very good advice here.

  10. I have no official goals. Have never been much of a goalsetter. But I have to now, or life is going to swallow me up. We’ve been doing spring housekeeping; why not spring lifekeeping?

  11. I really needed this post. I’ve been questioning myself and my blogging lately. I need to regroup and set some new goals to find my joy!

  12. In many ways, I am like you Karen. If I don’t have an inspiration or a purpose for writing a blog, I sit quietly until that impulse arrives. To write just for the sake of writing has never appealed to me. I do know my purpose in this lifetime is to be “a messenger of possibility” and that shows up through my writing, my song writing and all the other creative projects I become involved with. My newest endeavour is my health and vitality consulting work, which is so rewarding…we all know how key health is for all of us to live our lives to the max.

    My goal is always to empower people to make choices that enrich their lives. My short term goals are to build my Health and Wellness team and to share information that helps people become more aware of themselves and their health. I’m not generally a person with a long list of goals, as I’ve learned to flow where I am being led and to meet whatever is coming towards me that is asking to be interacted with!

  13. So true! “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there!” (Cheshire Cat)
    My ‘word of the year’ is Focus this year, and I am working to keep my goals in front of me and in focus! Thanks for the great post!

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