The real reason we set a goal is not to accomplish a goal.
It’s really not.
It seems that way at the start.
Boy, I think it would be great if I could write a newsletter every day without fail.
This is the thought that begins it all. It’s something audacious, setting a goal that seems just out of reach. But it’s not the accomplishment that is the pursuit; it’s something else.
The real reason we set big goals is to become the kind of person that can accomplish big goals.
In order to do something you’ve never done, you need to become someone you’ve never been.
Writing a daily mental health newsletter is not easy. This is not an issue full of complaints but, hopefully, an instructive dose of reality. I could have all the ideas in the world, but it takes more than ideas to pull off a consistent practice. It takes planning and an almost obsessive focus.
One nice thing that comes out of an obsessive focus is a reshaping of the day. When you have something that you absolutely want to do, when you commit to something that is important to you, your days reshape themselves to accommodate your new desire.
It has to be this way. To do something different than what you’ve ever done, your days will need to meld into new shapes.