1.Think of something you hope to accomplish.
2. Imagine the feeling you will experience when you achieve #1.
3. Consider when you’d like to have accomplished #1.
Now here’s the question:
Which one of your answers is the goal?
Most people would say #1– of course the goal is finishing my project or completing a graduate degree or being in a relationship.
But the true answer is #2. What you really want is the feeling that you believe you will experience from #1.
Interesting isn’t it?
So often we feel dissatisfied in life because we ignore alternative opportunities that could bring us to our desired feeling, or we accomplish something and realize that it didn’t create the internal state that we hoped to achieve.
I hope that this exercise frees you to think differently about your real goals for the rest of 2015.
About Real Life E®
Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished. She is an expert on achieving more success with less stress. Real Life E® also increases employee productivity, satisfaction and work/life balance through coaching and training programs.
McGraw Hill published her first book The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress. Harvard Business Review recently published her second book How to Invest Your Time Like Money. Elizabeth contributes to blogs like Lifehacker, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and the 99U blog on productivity for creative professionals and has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox.