There’s No Guarantee You Will Reach Your Goal

When we were young society tried to instill in our minds the belief that if one works hard, takes their vitamins, is a good person and does what’s right, life will turn out pretty good. And for the most part I guess this could be true.  That doesn’t mean life is easy or that you will get your way or reach your goals.

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There’s no guarantee you will reach your goal.  There is no magic wand to be waved which instantaneously produces that for which you desire.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people.  You can work your tail off to achieve a certain objective only to have success ripped from your grasp.

So what does this tell us about life?   I believe this reality teaches us there is more value to be found in the seeking than in the attaining.  It reminds me of how much fun I have planning a vacation and then anticipating the trip.  I almost enjoy that part of the vacation more than I actually enjoy the vacation itself!

And so it is with working toward goals.

I might be disappointed that I didn’t reach a goal, but if I worked hard and gave my best then I actually did achieve something…didn’t I?

I’ll be curious to read your view on this idea so be sure to continue the conversation in the comment section.


14 thoughts on “There’s No Guarantee You Will Reach Your Goal

  1. I have to say that I’ve attained most of my life’s goals as of this date. It took until I was forty-eight before I became a published author, at fifty-three hubby and I finally bought our first house, we went on a trip to research a book I wrote eight or nine years ago but never published because I needed to research it. It wasn’t even that fun of a trip, but I did finally get to go. Last year I managed each goal I set for the year and realized I could attain my goals. All of them. My goals have never been unrealistic. No pie in the sky goals, just down to earth get the job done type of stuff and I’m finally seeing them through.

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  2. My grandma used to have a refrigerator magnet that said, “Life is not about the destination, it is about the journey.” This is how I think of it too. And besides that, my greatest successes were things I wasn’t even trying to accomplish! Sometimes you’ve just got to roll with the punches. 🙂

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  3. I think about this as a parent a lot. I want my kids to know they can TRY to do anything. But I also want them to know that being what I used to thing as “boring” or “normal” or “average” is actually an achievement too. I am not rich or famous. But I function and pay my bills on time. I find pleasures in everyday things like our home cooked meals and garden and family pets. Even if big dreams aren’t reached, there’s nothing wrong with appreciating where you are and what you have.

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