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Seeker: Why am I dissatisfied when I reach a goal I’ve worked hard to achieve?
Shaman Woman: Goals look beautiful when written out on paper, like a pair of fancy shoes in a store window. You admire their style and dream of how wonderful it would be to wear those fancy shoes on your journey through life.
Seeker: But new shoes pinch my toes.
Shaman Woman: Yes, exactly! A shoe must be a good fit if it is to be of use. Fancy shoes that pinch your toes hobble you so you can hardly walk.
Seeker: What should I do?
Shaman Woman: Find shoes that fit you well, like the comfortable ones in the back of your closet. Wearing those shoes adds confidence to your journey which makes it easier to walk the trails and climb over the rocks.
Seeker: Do you mean that goals should fit like comfortable shoes?
Shaman Woman: Yes. When the goal is a good fit, it is molded to you—your values, your loves and dreams—then you easily achieve the steps to your goal, while having a joyous journey
Of course, you know setting goals is good for your career. But for a joyful journey, goals must be a good fit, resonating with your essential self. Unfortunately too often, the goals you set are a poor fit, pinching your spirit and hobbling you, as you force yourself onward.
Copyright 2000 by Beverly Potter. From High Performance Goal Setting: Using Intuition to Conceive & Achieve Your Goals, Dr. Beverly Potter, Ronin, Berkeley, Ca. This story may be downloaded for personal use; any other use requires written permission. All rights reserved.