Mind Clutter | Cutting Goals

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There is a great post on Simply Gen Y called “Cut the Crap by Cutting Goals.” Take a few minutes to read it, trust me.

The post got me thinking about goals I’ve set for myself, but, for whatever reason, haven’t seemed to reach yet.

Here are some goals that I always have lurking over my head:

  1. Exercise daily
  2. Stop eating sugar
  3. Eat only healthy and nutritious food
  4. Keep a spotlessly clean house
  5. Speak French fluently
  6. Lose 10 pounds
  7. Spend quality time with my family every day
  8. Become an amazing knitter

Honestly, the list could go on for much longer. The problem with goals is that they just seem to add to the list of things I feel I HAVE to do, rather than adding to the things I WANT to do.

It’s been said before that you will always find time for the things you want to do.

I want to make my son giggle, so I do. I want to eat ice cream on hot summer days, so I do. I want to take walks outside on cool days, so I do.

I don’t want to be doing chores at 9:30 p.m., so sometimes I’ll leave a basket of clean clothes in the hamper all week before I finally get around to folding them. I don’t want to waste my time knitting a sweater that most likely won’t fit right, so I don’t knit. I don’t want to think too much on my drive to work, so I listen to fiction books on audio rather than listening to French lessons.

The post from Simply Gen Y was a great reminder that it’s okay to let go of goals that are no longer working for you. You’re not a failure for giving up on them, you are just being realistic. And honestly, by letting go of those goals, you are removing the shame of failure you’ve had hanging over your head.

2 thoughts on “Mind Clutter | Cutting Goals

  1. “It’s been said before that you will always find time for the things you want to do.” YES! And amen to “I want to make my son giggle, so I do.” Amy, this is a great post about the dark side of goals. You said it so well in just a few paragraphs.

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