Goals: results or process-oriented?

Coddiwomple Goals

Goals have been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember. I’ve always known what I want to achieve, and then taken action to get there as directly and quickly as possible. After all, how could you get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re headed? And what good are goals if they’re not specific and results-oriented? (Yes, I’m a Type A over-achiever!)

Recently, I came across this coddiwomple concept: do something purposefully, but without knowing where it will lead. What an amazing idea! And what a relief to know that I don’t have to have huge long-term goals that I’m always striving toward. I can have in-the-moment goals geared solely toward fun and self-discovery. I can focus on a process, and let the result happen. That doesn’t mean ignore the result; I still look at it and use it evaluate if I want to go further on this path, or change direction. And I have to admit I’ll never totally ignore the concept of achievement – I’m just trying to keep it in second place and accept where I am and how I’m doing at a given moment.

Putting this idea visually, it’s okay to travel in circles instead of straight lines and just enjoy being where I am, trusting that my intuition as well as my effort will guide me along the perfect path.

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