Achieving goals loses its fun when you are only driven by discipline to fulfill a time deadline. My experience has shown me that when I put a time in which I want to achieve a particular goal, rather than enjoying the journey en route to the destination, it can become drudgery and lose its joy.
Certainly there have been other cases in which setting a time by which I wanted to complete a task led me to accomplishing the goal sooner. Yet there is something to be said for having a desirable outcome in which you allow yourself to freely journey to the intended destination.
As it pertains to writing books, the setting of a goal with an appointed time can be one of many motivators. Goals confined and defined by time alone however have sometimes proved to be restrictive.
For example, sometimes when writing a book I uncover a new body of knowledge, an additional insight, and unique illustrations. Each of these may require further research to fully grasp and incorporate into the text. Therefore if I were to merely try to meet a time deadline, the book would be lacking some vital depth and information. Often therefore I have had to let the time deadline go so as to be able to embrace the desirable outcome - a notable book with transformative information.
Outcomes for me leave the joy in doing versus goals which seem to be inwardly demanding and disciplinary. Since writing is my passion naturally, I commonly do it whether I am told to or not. Therefore “having to do something" somehow kills the joy of “getting to do" it.
Therefore I highly advocate restating and reframing your goal into a desirable outcome. Then you take time out of the equation and bring enjoyment back into the process. Somehow we need to find a balance inwardly in how we communicate and give ourselves to achieve our goals.
At the beginning of the year I purposed in my heart to write a book a month, which would amount to 12 books a year. However as the year unfolded a new book I had not intended to write, one requiring specific research and an intense depth came to me. As I gave myself to this timely topic, it immediately became apparent that I would not be writing 12 books this year because of the monumental amount of research required to write this book. Yet on the contrary, because I was so passionate about the topic, within a couple of weeks I had already written 200 pages and published volume 1 of the book.
What has slowed me down the most in the publishing process this year has been insufficient finances and uncommitted help. Graphics designers got distracted elsewhere, as their computers crashed. Web designers walked out on me before completing assignments. And administrative matters needing to be attended to pulled me away from writing.
Yet thankfully as I accepted what circumstantially was before, while still inwardly committing and purposing to write 12 books during the year, serendipity kicked in and a dear friend offered to help design the book covers to three completed books waiting to go to print.
Certainly delay is not denial. As we follow the life flow within and purpose in our heart to achieve the desirable outcome, eventually along with our intention the universe will come into alignment and bring us help to get to our destination.
Most importantly however is to inwardly not be overwhelmed and engulfed in the time restrictions of a goal, but rather enjoy the journey in route to the desirable outcome. Prefer and give place to joy rather than fear and anxiety.
Don't be restricted by your goals, neither let them choke the life out of you because of an egoic anxiety to achieve them. Live and let life flow not being bound or broken by time. Enjoy the journey and live fully. As you do, you will put the life of your being into your doing and be more deeply fulfilled along the way.
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