The experience of an unexpected goal came to me on Saturday.
Since I do a lot of walking I decided I would walk to an appointment that I had Saturday morning. I had 1 hour and 45 minutes to walk 6 miles – could be tight but definitely doable. If I didn’t make it my husband would be along to pick me up.
As time and distance wore on I decided to pick up the pace and start jogging. Now, a jogger I am not despite thinking about it on occasion. But I thought “well, I’ll just jog to the next telephone pole” I did that and next it was “let’s see if I can make it to the next street light” I did that also. Then I started thinking that I WAS NOT going to get picked up by my husband, I was going to get to the appointment and be there waiting for him. The unexpected goal fueled me to push beyond my usual limits. I was at the appointment 10 minutes early and before my husband arrived. The thrill of that victory stayed with me throughout the day.
I know we all have goals we want to achieve in a given day, personal or professional. But there’s a lot to be said for the spontaneous unexpected goal. It’s an unexpected gift that builds confidence, leads to greater accomplishments and gets you to thinking about “what else can I do today that I didn’t plan on?”
I know some of us don’t want to put ourselves out there for fear of failure, or even more difficult is just not having the energy to do something different. I’m here to tell you, the effort and the small risk is well worth the reward. An unexpected goal doesn’t have to be physical, it just needs to be something you’d like to accomplish but haven’t taken the time to focus on it.
Is there an unexpected goal you can achieve today?