Making up a goal to shoot for every day and how it can improve your sense of wellbeing, at least, it does for me. The trick is to not set an impossible goal. That’s why I am happy to leave my daily journal word count goal at nine hundred words per day. I know a thousand would be a nice round figure, but nine hundred is attainable in the half hour I have allotted for writing these entries. I usually end up going over the goal anyway. There are days when I don’t get to the goal, but those days are few. I just feel good when I make that goal.
Of course, there is the danger that I will let making that goal take over, but I am training myself to believe that it’s ok if I don’t make that goal occasionally. It’s ok because the goal really doesn’t mean anything to anyone other than me. No one else even realizes that I have set myself that goal. I don’t even mind producing drivel because drivel often leads to a seed of an idea, which can grow into something. That’s the real reason having a little goal to reach every day helps you. I have a second goal that I work towards every day, make it through the workout. I do that every day, make that little piggy bank jump. That’s what the Wii has, a piggy bank showing you your Wii Fitness credits. It gets so excited when you make thirty minutes. I don’t know what it does when you reach an hour. I don’t have time to exercise for an hour every day. I suppose I could try for that on the weekends, but I am usually too eager for the mental workout writing these journal entries gives me. Hey! I just made the goal. I have seven minutes left on the timer, too. I think I might be able to reach the end of this page. Two goals in one, that’s good.
I like to feel good about myself. Having these little personal goals and reaching them every day makes me feel good about myself. I don’t’ know if a psychologist would agree with me, but I think setting a small, relatively easily attainable goal is good for you, as long as you don’t set that goal in stone and hang it around your neck, or poise it over your head.
Letting the goal rule you, is counterproductive to its purpose. The purpose of setting a goal you know you can attain, with a little effort, is that it can make you feel so good when you reach it. Set a time limit for reaching that goal, too. I try to write nine hundred words in thirty minutes, I often find that I write more, but I feel even better when I do that. That’s the reason I don’t raise the limit. I like the feeling I get when I exceed the goal, as I have today. It makes my day much brighter, even when the sun isn’t shining.