It’s a funny predicament to be in. We strive for so long to reach our target and to achieve our goals that when we finally do, we’re not sure what to do afterwards.
What do you do when you’ve climbed to the top of the mountain?
In today’s post, I want to show you how reaching targets can be pieces to a bigger puzzle, and how life still goes on once goals have been accomplished.
Going back to my question, what do you do when you’ve climbed to the top of the mountain? Well, firstly, you can ENJOY THE VIEW!
You’ve worked hard to achieve whatever it is you set out to. Take some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your success, otherwise what was the point in the whole venture?
I’m not saying you should settle down and stop living life because you’ve achieved something, far from it. But, what I am saying is to stop and smell the roses once you’ve reached your targets. Don’t let compulsive goal setting be ALL you do.
Once you’ve stopped to enjoy the fruits of your success, it’s only natural that after a period of time you’ll begin to get itchy feet again. From here you can build upon your target. Could this be time for expansion?
For example, let’s say “Darren” had a goal to create his own personal trainer business. He achieved his goal, and now runs a successful business that consists of Darren being fully booked doing what he loves.
However, he begins to feel as though things have plateaued, he can’t grow profits much higher and feels as though life has stopped growing.
What can he do?
Well, Darren could make his business a franchise for others to buy into. They could use his marketing materials, brand name, educational content, business structure and everything else he’s used to become successful so far. This way he could become a worldwide brand name in the fitness community, and earn a lot more cash!
Alternatively, he could expand by creating new programs in other gyms employing other personal trainers. There are many ways to expand.
But from here, someone like Darren has choices, and his previous goal can now be viewed as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The initial goal he achieved can never be taken away from him, and he’d always feel good about that, but expansion can be a new goal added onto something that is already successful.
Now relate this to your goals and successes so far in life. Have you hit a plateau in your journey? Or even stopped being active in the area your goal existed in? Sometimes when we achieve a goal, we put that area on the back burner or set it to one side, where it quickly becomes forgotten.
Could you possibly pick up where you left of and expand your goal?
If so, it’s worth mapping out some goal ideas and plans to see whether this venture would excite you and add to the vibrancy of your life.
This begs the question, what if it “doesn’t” add to your happiness? Why should you expand if it doesn’t make you jump up and down thinking about it? Well the simple answer is you shouldn’t if that’s the case.
Move on, create new goals in different areas. Sometimes when you’ve reached success in an area it’s time to move onto other areas of interest. However, it all depends on your feelings towards the area, and how happy it makes you.
You are your own best judge, so don’t let anything sway you other than your gut instinct and feelings towards your past achievements. Write out a list of pros and cons to do with that area, and see how you feel about each point.
If you’re currently working in the area that your goal existed in, you may go ahead and think about expansion without considering any alternatives.
Wrapping things up…
Overall, we can see that once we’ve achieved our targets we have a few choices left over. Once goals are achieved it doesn’t necessarily mean the “end” of the road, in fact, quite often that achievement marked the true beginning of your venture.
Remember to “enjoy the view” from success once you achieve your goals, and take the time to appreciate what you’ve accomplished!
Then begin to think about either expanding or going into new areas to achieve new things.
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