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Why You Set a Goal (It's Not What You Think)

This is, time-wise, the latest daily newsletter that I hope I will ever send you. I was driving almos
Why You Set a Goal (It's Not What You Think)
This is, time-wise, the latest daily newsletter that I hope I will ever send you.
I was driving almost all day, and I didn’t factor in enough time for writing this newsletter in the morning.
That’s how it goes sometimes.
Here’s the backstory about why I’m doing this.
I set a goal to write a daily mental health newsletter, and I’ve kept it up for 40+ days.
It’s not easy. But there’s a reason I set this goal.
And it wasn’t to write a daily newsletter.
Keep reading. I’ll explain.

The Real Reason We Set Goals
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.

The Goal is Not the Goal
To reiterate, the goal you set is not the goal.
It’s the person you must become in order to accomplish your goal.
Think about that. There are going to be all kinds of obstacles that pop up as you try to accomplish a new, audacious goal. This is something to seriously contemplate as this decade comes to an end.
What do you want to accomplish in the next ten years?
Maybe it’s not so much about what you’ll do–but about who you’ll become.
Could a recrystallization of your identity and personal habits be the real reason that you set out to do something that you’ve never done?
I think it might be. But I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Thanks for putting up with my late issues these last few days. It’s always a work in progress, but I owe it to you to get you helpful mental health information every day. I love doing it, and I love hearing how these issues are impacting your thinking and feeling. I really appreciate your comments.

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