So I’ve been talking about inspiration and goal setting, but I’m going to be honest with you, one of the things that I wrote about on my last post that I really struggle with is the concept of enjoying the journey and not being obsessed with the destination. Maybe our culture is a little too goal obsessed. We hear a lot about reaching goals, but to be honest the idea of enjoying the journey was introduced to me not too long ago. From what I know now, happiness is really found in the process, and not the destination. We’re told to be obsessed with getting to our goal, but doing so will make you miserable. Especially when you struggle with mental health, it’s so easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed when you don’t know how to enjoy the journey.
When we finally reach that goal we’ve been slaving over…then what? We’ll inevitably set another one for ourselves and when we reach that one, we’ll just set another. If that’s the case, why not have as much fun as you can as you reach your goals? I think about it like a road trip. If you take a road trip but don’t get out every so often, visit sights along the way, try new food, take scenic pictures and have fun along the way, then is it really a road trip? Perhaps, but certainly not a road trip worth taking. So here are some ways you can start ‘enjoying the journey’ while working on your mental health goals now.
- Make sure your goals are what you want, and not what someone put in your head. I know I keep saying this over and over again because it is so important! My personal theory as to why so many people are miserable is because they’re doing what everyone else told them to do and not what they want. So do what you genuinely want.
- Remember that reaching goals takes time, and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Reaching goals and earning things is so much more enjoyable and all the sweeter when you have to wait for them and work toward them. Delayed gratification is always better than instant gratification.
- Laugh at your mistakes. Yes, they really are just learning opportunities. You’ll feel much better about your failures when you laugh at them and learn from them instead of getting down and out about them. If the people around you put you down for your mistakes and laugh at you and not with you and your mistakes, drop them.
- Take time to rest to build up your reserves. Take some time apart from your ‘goal reaching routine’ or you’ll burn out quickly. Take care of yourself.
- Just. Have. Fun. I mean, it shouldn’t be that stupid simple (or maybe it should) but it is. Live, laugh, love.
So whatever your goal is, I hope that you’ll have a ton of fun along the way reaching those goals!