Be The Best You Can Be
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
Goals help us achieve our highest potential. Without goals, we subject ourselves to the natural, default set of actions that keep us feel safe and comfortable every day. But this familiarity is the nemesis of growth. It prevents us from growing. It does not enable us to become the best persons we can be. It denies us from tapping into all that potential inside of ourselves.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis
By setting goals, you set targets to strive against. These targets make you venture into new places, new contexts, new situations which puts you into growth mode. They make you stretch beyond your normal self and reach new heights. For example, setting a time limit for your run lets you know if you should be running faster. Setting a weight loss target makes you aware if your actions have been effective in losing weight. Setting a career goal ensures you are not settling for anything less than what you desire.
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
In my goal achievement processes, I have found myself constantly bursting through new grounds and uncovering potential which I did not know existed before. Without those goals, I would be taking the path of least resistance, just doing things within their natural constraints. Goals have made me face and overcome countless barriers to get to what’s on the other side. It has made me much more self aware and learn a lot more things about both myself and life, compared to if I did not have those goals.