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Your Highest Goals

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What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning?
What about this morning?
Can you remember what they were?

Take a minute and jot them down.
Ok? Let’s look at them.

First, you probably had some immediate ‘maintenance’ thoughts:

  • I don’t like Mondays.
  • I have to pee.
  • I’m hungry.

Then you likely moved on to basic tasks, like, “I’m going to shower”.
Finally, you probably started thinking about your goals for the day.

But are those ‘goals for the day’ your most important goals?

A warrior should always set his mind on the highest goals in all that he does.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, from D.E. Tarver’s translation of “The Hagakure

It’s a truism of life that we spend so much time focused on the little things that we often take our eyes off of our biggest targets. Then we pine for wasted days, months, or even years…

We each possess a limited amount of time and energy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a samurai – like Yamamoto Tsunetomo – a mother, or a clerk. Your energy needs to be focused on your goals, if you’re hope to achieve them.

Most of us, however, don’t possess a samurai’s clarity when it comes to goals.

So, what are your “Highest Goals”?

  • In your work?
  • In regards to family?
  • For community?
  • For an interest or hobby?

You should, ideally, wake up every morning with one or more of these goals in mind.
You should, ideally, spend every moment of each day attempting to move towards these goals.
Ideally…

Yeah, it’s hard. Maybe even impossible to achieve that level of clarity in mind and action.
But one thing I’ll guarantee: you can’t even start if you don’t know what your highest goals are.

SMART as Hell Exercise: 

  1. List: Your ‘highest goals’. Expect this to be difficult.
  2. Reflect: How far into your day, week, or month do you typically get before you stop working on ‘tasks’ and start working on your ‘highest goals’?
  3. Track: How much of your week do you spend on your ‘highest goals’?
  4. Identify: Ways that you can spend more time on your ‘highest goals’. Consider making a daily to-do list, forming a peer support group, or creating a vision board.

Share your comments, questions, or reflections below.

 

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