When Jerry Seinfeld set out to be a comedian, he gave himself a challenge to write jokes every day for at least 30 minutes. Every day, no matter how unfunny he felt, he would force himself to start writing jokes and then mark a big X on the calendar when he was done.
He started with one X, then two, then 15, then 30, and so on. It got to the point where his running mantra was, “Don’t break the chain of Xs”.
We all know how the story ends. Jerry goes on to becoming one of the most famous and highly paid comedians ever.
Was Jerry’s goal meaningful?
A meaningful goal is one that uplifts your spirit, inspiring you each and every day. In my opinion, a meaningful goal is one that has a purpose and makes you happy when accomplished.
How to go about setting a meaningful goal?
- Make sure your goal is possible. You have to judge if the goal is sufficiently challenging but not impossible. If the goal is too challenging, there is every chance that you can become frustrated and stop working towards it. When Jerry set time aside for writing jokes for 30 minutes, it was sufficiently challenging but achievable.
- Set a goal that is under your control and not influenced by others. Improving one’s marathon timing would be a goal that is fully achievable with hard work while not being dependent on other’s timings.
- A meaningful goal is one that can be broken into subgoals. For Jerry, the ultimate goal of becoming a successful comedian inspired him to create a subgoal of writing jokes for 30 minutes every day. The accomplishment of subgoals inspires and further motivates towards achieving your ultimate goal.
- When setting a goal, be clear on the feeling you want to cultivate. Let’s say you have a goal to lose weight in order to feel stronger and more confident. Start working towards embodying the feeling of confidence while working on your goal.
Last but not the least, a meaningful goal is one that makes you happy. How many times have you set a goal for yourself that made you miserable? If it is a struggle to get excited about it, is the goal worth it? Most people give up their new year goals by end of January because they hate them. Set a goal that inspires you and motivates you.
As Andrew Carnegie said, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
My personal goal for this year is to write more and what better way could there be than writing a blog on meaningful goals 🙂 I have formed a subgoal of writing either a note, a blog or a chapter in my book every week. I am excited and motivated! On that note, what is your meaningful goal for this year?
Please join us to inspire and be inspired at our next meeting, February 3 at 7:00 pm for our theme, Meaningful Goals.
Written by Shoba Rao, member of Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters
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