365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy


The highs and ‘blues’ of reaching a goal

Day 82
For years I have dreamt of skiing the ‘Haut Route’ – from Verbier to Zermatt.

Today that dream became real. I have just arrived back from having skied for days in the most gorgeous magic Alp-landscape in strong wind and fog, as well as gorgeous sunshine. No matter the weather, I love being immersed in nature this way.

Now that my dream has been realized, I experience a combination of joy but also a sense of emptiness. The expression, ‘it is not the destination but the journey that is the most important,’ make so much sense.

It is understandable why people that are used to setting goals, get busy finding a new goal as soon as the one they have been working towards has been realized, as it is fun, engaging and inspiring having a dream to strive and look forward to.

What is next for me, I ask myself? Perhaps it is to raise the bar and go for one of my ‘dream goals,’ one of those dreams that I have set but that have not materialized, because I have found it too difficult and challenging.

I will follow up with exploring the topic of ‘Dream goals’ as I mentioned in yesterday’s post tomorrow.

Now I am very much ready to sleep tight in my own bed after having slept amongst 20 others on brinks in a small room on 3700+m altitude.

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Around the world in 80 days & The power of goals

Day 80No one had yet travelled around the world in 80 days before the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. An American entrepreneur, George Francis Train took on the challenge and was the first man to make that 80-day journey in 1870. This achievement most likely inspired the author Jules Verne to write the book with the same title published in 1873.In 1890 Mr. Train made the same around the world journey in 67 days.

What an exciting goal Mr. Train had! And it was S.M.A.R.T = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. If our goals are created SMART – the likelihood of achieving them increase significantly.

But why should we even bother to set goals?

Because – goals transform us! They bring out the best in us! They stretch us! They bring joy, energy and confidence. They open us up to live our full potential.

Yesterday I wrote about how it is hard to create change and reach our goals.

Before we go on, let’s identify some of our goals – and which goals we are struggling with?

Are you trying to learn a new language, loose weight, write a book, or find a more meaningful profession? Or are you dreaming of a more loving relationship, to feel more inner peace, or happiness in your life? Perhaps you long to find a life partner, start a company, become stronger, more patient and less critical, drink less alcohol, stop smoking, – stop loosing your temper? Or may you want to climb a mountain, travel around the world, begin meditating, or get fit by doing sports on a regular basis…?

Before analyzing further what we possibly can do to approach difficult goals, let us first categorize some different types of goals

  1. Easy goals 2. Compelling goals 3. Forced goals 4. Dream goals

Tomorrow I will explore these goals further

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Why is it so hard to create change/reach our goals?

Day 79We are 79 days into the New Year. If you have set a goal at the beginning of the year to make a change in your life, you know by now whether you have succeeded or not.

Some goals we set feel almost effortless. These goals fill us with enthusiasm and joy, and take us miles on our journey. Other goals seem excruciatingly hard. Those goals require something completely different from us, something that we do not seem to possess.

If you been seeking and trying for years to claim your dream, but have not managed to create the changes needed to taste the sweet joy and pleasure of success, you may feel discouraged and bummed. You might wonder if you will ever achieve your goal or dream.

In tomorrow’s blog, I will explore four different types of goals – some easier to achieve than others – how these goals are different and how to best approach them.